Thursday, March 31, 2011

Me Against The Beet





I received this enormous beet, along with two others, with my Farm Fresh To You delivery last Friday. I opened the box and looked at the beets and then shoved them in the fridge 'cause hell if I know what you're supposed to do with beets. Everyone keeps saying "Just roast them and throw them on a salad! Delicious!" Except that does not sound delicious to me, although that may have something to do with a juice diet I went on a while back that required me to drink beet juice. It was not pleasant.









Nonetheless, I was at a loss for other ideas. There is a dearth of ideas on the internet when it comes to beets, so I was left with the ol' roasting option. So I scrubbed this beet and lopped off its top and bottom and put it in a dish ...


 And drizzled it with olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted it ....

and roasted it ...

and roasted it ...

for an hour.


 Until it looked really appetizing, like this.



It doesn't look like a bleeding cow eyeball at all.

And then I put it in a container and put it in the fridge, where it now sits.

I hear I can now chop this up and put it on a salad, with walnuts and gorgonzola and stuff. But I don't wanna. But I will. I'm skeered.

Goodbye. 

14 comments:

  1. Oh, honey. You roasted that beet like a science experiment! Where's the love?

    I usually cut and peel them, then toss with oil, s&P, garlic, then they don't take as long to roast. Don't forget to peel before you eat it! The peel should slip right off after it's cooked.

    Is good! Promise!

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  2. I cannot abide beets. Even though I know they are super good for me.

    My mom would pickle them when I was a kid and I would drain the juice out of the jars and use it to die my hair. So. Um. I guess that doesn't help.

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  3. Beets kinda scare me too!! I would have done exactly what you did...or left it to rot in a basket on the counter! ha!

    Do you like the Farm Fresh to You "thing"? I kinda like the idea...

    I Love your blog, Erin!!! Thank you for the laughs!

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  4. Elizabeth - was your hair MAROON? Sweet Jesus. I think this calls for photos, pronto.

    April - I really love Farm Fresh to You! You can ask them to exclude things you don't want (LIKE BEETS!) and then you just get stuff you will actually eat. I'm up for a challenge though. :-)

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  5. Thanks Erin, I am gonna try it! I was looking at their site and if you refer me, you get a free shipment!! Yay! FREE!! Do you have my email? (I am assuming you don't have any other "april" followers)

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  6. Oooh cool.... I just checked, I don't have your email (which is weird!). I'll facebook message you!

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  7. oh man... that looks gross.

    i'm not sure if i've ever even tasted a beet before. sorry, i'm not much help. but if you ever need advice concerning Popeye's chicken or macaroni n cheese, i'm your woman.

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  8. TILTE - Ugh, I know. I'm making myself eat it tonight.

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  9. Huck it at a neighbor. I won't tell anyone.

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  10. Obviously, you've never had borscht.

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  11. Oh roast them and then make roasted beet soup with goat cheese! IT IS DELICIOUS.

    Your pee and stuff will be red though, just FYI.

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  12. Dude. I can't believe your roasted that sucker WHOLE. Next time, take raw beet, chop into cubes - skin & all, toss with EVOO, S & P. Roast at 450 for 20-30 min. They be crunchy and caramalized on the outside, and soft & sweet on the inside. You can also slice them and lay them flat (just be sure to turn them half way through. Don't burn 'em. Burned beets be naaaaaaaasty.

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  13. One recipe I found said you don't even need to wash them, you just roast them dirty and once they are done the skins just fall right off with very little coaxing. Its a really easy way to prepare them. I think if you give them a fair chance, you might like them. Ok, enough beet advice.

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