Beetroot tends to be one of those foods that people either love or hate, with very few in the middle.
I happen to be one of those people who loves beetroot in all its forms, I just can’t imagine how anyone could not like beetroot!
I’ve always loved beets.
It is such an amazingly delicious root vegetable, and so good for you in so many ways.
Not to mention how beautiful they are to look at!
What’s not to like?
Or beetroot juice! Yum!
- How to Prepare Beets
- How to Cut Beets
- How to Season Beets
- How to Roast Beets
- How Long to Roast Beets
- Roasted Beets Recipe
Beets have been known in many cultures to be an aphrodisiac, ancient Romans were convinced that beetroot, and beetroot juice would cause ‘amorous feelings’ to occur in those ingesting them.
Greek goddess Aphrodite ate beets in order to be even more appealing.
Beets are painted on the walls in one of the brothels in Pompeii, I assume in the hope of generating the right atmosphere for the clients.
I think eating them works better than looking at them but then you can never underestimate the placebo effect!
And of course because there is always some truth to these things, it is now known that beets contain both betaine, and tryptophane, substances that create a feeling of wellbeing.
And also contained in the humble beetroot is the mineral boron which is responsible for increasing sex hormones in humans.
Another good reason to eat beetroot!
Love them or hate them, beets can be responsible for lowering your blood pressure.
It’s also been found to boost your stamina, and not just in the bedroom.
The juice increases plasma nitrate which in turn enhances physical activity of all kinds.
Beetroot juice is helpful to your liver, and has anti cancer properties.
On top of that beets contain lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them an awesome addition to your diet.
How to Prepare Beets
You can peel beets if you like but leaving the skin on is a better move from a nutritional perspective.
Lots more vitamins and fiber will be available to you with the skin on beets.
If you are roasting the beets you can simply peel the beets with your fingers once they have been roasted.
The most important thing will be to clean the beets well given that they can come caked in dirt and mud.
Do this by using a vegetable brush under cold running water.
Save the greens!
They are wonderful sauteed with onions, and are a perfect side dish in their own right.
So save the greens, and never throw them away again!
How to Cut Beets
With a paring knife slice off the top of the beet, and take off the long root that is sometimes present at the bottom of the beetroot.
Place the beetroot on the flat surface you created by cutting off the top, slice the beet into slices, then slice into batons.
You can utilize this method with either raw or cooked beets.
Just remember that beets can cause staining that will be difficult if not impossible to remove, so best to cut it on a non-porous surface if possible.
How to Season Beets
Seasoning can be as simple as salt and pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, or you could go for something a bit more involved by adding goat cheese, lemon zest, thyme, and watercress.
Beets pair well with dill, hyssop, horseradish, and star anise to name a few lesser known flavors.
Try different cheeses like burrata, or feta, try nuts, and different vinegars, or make a curried beet dish.
So many things are possible with beetroot.
One of my very favorite ways to eat cooked beets is when I simply sprinkle with salt.
Try flavors you like and see what you come up with!
How to Roast Beets
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut beets in half, and enclose in aluminum foil crimping the edges so it is airtight to keep the heat inside cooking the beets more quickly.
Place on a baking sheet, or baking dish , and bake for about 30 minutes or until beet root is fork tender.
Once removed from the oven, cool enough to handle, at which point if you have decided to peel the beets this will be easy to do by peeling with your fingers.
I like to leave the skin on my beets.
How Long to Roast Beets
It will all depend on how you go about roasting them, and whether you leave them whole or cut them up as to how long it will take to roast.
Obviously leaving beetroot whole will take longer to roast and why it is a good idea to cut the beet into smaller pieces.
Usually if cut in half, and depending on how big the beets are, and if they are wrapped in aluminum foil or not, but will usually range from 30 to 60 minutes.
Roasted Beets Recipe
- Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
- Cut beets into 1½ inch cubes.
- Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix beets with all other ingredients until the beets are well covered.
- Pour the contents into a baking dish.
- Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes stirring once at about 15 minutes in.
- Once beets are fork soft remove from the oven and serve.