Beets Four Ways

During my first CSA, I discovered that I HATED beets. It was the only veggie that I had trouble using before it went bad. I tried several different ways of eating it, but most recipes tasted “earthy” (aka. like dirt)!

Heirloom Beets

I had almost given up on them entirely until my parents visited for Thanksgiving a few years ago. My mother boiled beets in sugar and it was a hit!

Since then I’ve found that beets are quite versatile in both sweet and savory dishes. The following simple recipes will help you get started with this colorful vegetable.

Beets Boiled in Sugar

Add ½ cup sugar to water and bring to a boil. Add 1-2 cups beets and boil until tender (around 15-20 minutes). Drain and toss with butter, if desired.

Sauteed Beets & Onions

Chop or julienne 1 onion & 2 – 4 beets, heat pan, sauté veggies with 2 TBSP olive oil, and serve with salt and/or pepper.

Beet Fries

Peel & cut beets. Fry until crunchy. Drain on a paper towel or newspaper. Serve with salt and/or sugar.

Beet Fries

Beet + White Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • ½ c canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pureed or shredded beets
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips

If pureeing beets, add the oil to speed up the process. Mix all ingredients. Butter muffin or bread pan and coat with sugar. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until knife/toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

EDIT: Make that five! One of my favorite dishes from the honeymoon was from Paris. It was beet slices layered with chèvre and arugula (think beet sandwich) with a balsamic reduction.

7 thoughts on “Beets Four Ways

  1. Thank you for posting this. 🙂 We now have two batches of beets from our CSA that have been looming threateningly in our fridge. Now I have ideas! Thank you!

    1. Glad you found this useful. Let me know if you need other veggie ideas.

      P.S. If the greens are attached, they are tasty steamed. We usually cut them off the day the beets arrive so the beets don’t get squishy quickly. Squishy beets are still tasty and can be used. Generally at that stage we go with the muffins.

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