Sunday, May 4, 2014

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Beets are a very nutritious root vegetable, though when you see them in the grocery store they are covered in soil and may not be the most appealing looking veggie. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and are very tasty either way. With this recipe you can cook up some beets with a delicious balsamic glaze. 

Fun Fact: Apparently if you boil beets and massage them on your head each night it is said to be effective in curing dandruff. Someone try this and let us know if it works...

What You'll Need:
-2 pounds red beets, medium sized, scrubbed clean and green tops removed.
-olive oil
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 teaspoons sugar
-1 teaspoon grated orange zest
-freshly ground black pepper

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place the beets in the pan. Rub olive oil over the beets, and sprinkle with salt. Cover the beets with another sheet of aluminum foil. Roast for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the beets and how old they are. After 1 hour, test every fifteen minutes by poking a beet with the tines of a fork. Once the fork tines go in easily, the beets are tender and cooked. Remove from oven. 

2. While the beets are cooling, prepare the balsamic glaze. In a small, shallow sauté pan, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Heat on high until the vinegar has reduced to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat.

3. After the beets have cooled for several minutes, but are still warm to the touch, peel off the outer skins and discard. Cut the beets into quarters or more bite-sized pieces. 

4. Place beets in serving bowl. Pour balsamic glaze over the beets. Stir in grated orange zest, and add salt and pepper to fast. Garnish with a littler orange zest and serve!!

Time to try a new vegetable if you are not already familiar with beets! Comment and let us know how you enjoyed it or any changes in the recipe you made.

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