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Roasted Beets Recipe

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If you are looking for an easy recipe for cooked beets, this Roasted Beets recipe is just what you have been searching for. It is as simple as it gets, and works every time! The beets come out perfectly tender and the balsamic and thyme takes their sweet flavor to the next level.

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I originally shared this recipe on Feb 19th, 2021. I have updated some of the content to share it with you again today.

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Why We Love Roasted Beets​


This easy vegetable side dish goes perfectly with various dinners and main courses. Roast Beets are lightly sweet, and the fresh herbs and balsamic vinegar make them so flavorful.

Summertime means my vegetable garden is full of fresh beets and I can be found making Pickled Beets and salads made with beet greens. But in wintertime, this roasted beets recipe is just what I want. My simple method of takes half time time of many roast beet recipes thanks to our pro tips below!

Very good and easy to make!

~Lydia

Ingredients For Roast Beets​

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  • Beets: You’ll need about two pounds of beets. I used Chioggia, golden and red beets to make this today but you can use a single color.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: I use oil to coat the beets for roasting. You could sub in another cooling oil if you prefer.
  • Salt and Pepper: To season the beets
  • Balsamic vinegar: To add acidic balance to the sweet earthy flavor of the beets.
  • Fresh thyme: You can sub in dry thyme or your favorite fresh herbs if you do not have fresh thyme on hand.
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How To Roast Beets​

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Step 1: Preheat oven​


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If your beets are particularly dirty, rinse off any excess dirt.

Step 2: Peel and Cut Beets​


On a cutting board, peel the whole beets with a sharp vegetable peeler. (Wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be temporarily stained.) Cut the beets into 1-inch chunks. Toss the raw beets, oil, salt and pepper in a 9 by 13-inch Pyrex or ceramic baking dish. Spread them in a single layer and cover with aluminum foil.

PRO TIP: Keep the peeled and cut beets moist by covering with aluminum foil. Otherwise, they can get tough! Covering them will trap the steam (just like their skin would have done) and yields perfectly tender beets every time!

Step 3: Bake Beets​


Roast beets, lifting off the piece of foil to stir once or twice, until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork or a sharp knife, about 40 minutes.

Step 4: How to Season Roasted Beets​


Remove the beets from the oven and add in the thyme and balsamic. Toss them and then let them roast again uncovered so that the balsamic creates a glaze of sorts! In 10 more minutes, the beets will be glazed, tender and utterly delicious! Serve warm or at room temperature.

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The roasted beets with whole uncut beets and the mis en place

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Expert Tips: How To Make The Best Roasted Beets​

PRO TIP: Roast beets after they are peeled​


Many roast beet recipes will tell you to wrap beets in foil and roast them whole. As a self-proclaimed beet lover who preps them regularly, I do not recommend this method. Here is why you want to peel your beets BEFORE cooking:

  • When you roast whole unpeeled beets (in foil on a rimmed baking sheet) you have to wait for them to cook through. It is important to know that this takes a really long time when they are whole. It can take an hour for small beets or two hours for larger beets.
  • If you have beets of different sizes, you need to remove smaller beets from the oven and leave larger ones to continue roasting. This whole babysitting thing kind of goes against the spirit of this being a hands-off method.
  • You also have to wait until they are cool enough to handle to get the skins off with a paper towel and cut them. That’s no big deal if you have to wait for them to cool anyway like for use in a salad. But if you are intending to serve them hot, it is a waste of time since you will then have to heat them back up again.
  • You can’t add flavor to them until after they are peeled.
  • I suggest peeling them while they are raw. The easiest way to do this is with a vegetable peeler. Then cut them into bite-sized pieces so they will cook more quickly.
  • They can be roasted until they are tender in literally half the time this way!
  • You can season them before you cook them so the seasoning and additional flavors cooks into the beets and makes them more flavorful and brings out their natural sugars!

Variations To Try For This Easy Beet Recipe​

  • Feel free to use another type of herb or another vinegar.
  • Use 50% beets and 50% sweet potatoes. They cook at the same rate and taste amazing together!
  • I also love using different colors of baked beets mixed together, but it’s also really pretty to make this with all one color. Golden beets are a favorite!
  • Try adding on crumbled goat cheese or feta at the end.
  • Serve these chilled drizzled with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette or Tarragon Vinaigrette.
  • Blue cheese is a great addition to beets. The flavors just pop together! Top these baked beets with crumbled blue cheese and chopped toasted walnuts. Instead of thyme, use chives or fresh tarragon.
  • You can also try lemon juice or orange juice instead of balsamic vinegar. Add in a little lemon or orange zest for even more citrus flavor.

Serving Suggestions For Roasted Beets​

Meal Prep, Leftovers, Storage and Reheating​

  • Meal Prep: Cooked beets are great for meal prep and to add as a side dish in your meal prep containers. Because they reheat so beautifully they make a terrific make-ahead side dish.
  • Leftovers and Storage: Leftover beets can be stored in an airtight container for four days.
  • Reheating: They can be reheated in the microwave on high heat, stirring occasionally until steaming hot. They can also be reheated in a casserole dish (coat it with cooking spray or brush with extra-virgin olive oil first.) Make sure it is covered with foil so they do not dry out. Bake until they are steaming hot, about 25 minutes on 350 degrees.

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Happy Cooking! ~Katie

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    Total Time: 1 hour
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    Yield: 3 cups
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    Diet: Vegan
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If you are looking for an easy recipe for cooked beets, this Roasted Beets recipe is just what you have been searching for. Roasted beets are simple and come out perfectly tender. To season we added balsamic vinegar and thyme to take their sweet flavor to the next level.


Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds beets, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
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Instructions


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Toss beets, oil, salt and pepper in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Cover with foil.

3. Roast, lifting off the foil to stir once or twice, until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes.

4. Add balsamic vinegar and thyme and toss to coat. Return to the oven, and roast uncovered for 10 minutes.

5. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes


You can use any color beets for this recipe. Note that the red beets will stain the other colors a bit as they cook. To prevent your hands from turning red when you handle the beets, wear disposable gloves.

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    Prep Time: 15 minutes
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    Cook Time: 50 minutes
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    Category: Side Dish
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    Method: Roasting
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    Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 161
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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