My Mother came to visit for a long weekend and although almost every meal was eaten out at one of Portland's tasty restaurants- we had a few very lovely meals at home as well. On Saturday I took her to the Local Farmer's Market where we purchased blueberries, raspberries, some sour cherries, lettuce, and BEETS!
They were so tasty I thought I would share how she cooked them.
1) Preheat the oven for 400. Lightly wash each beet, remove the beet green stalks just above the top of the beet, leaving a small flat top of stems. Keep the root on and do not peel the beets- this happens after you cook them.
2) Put the beets in a 8x12 pan. Drizzle them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lightly sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Let them marinate a little while. (5mins or so)
3) Cook beets for about 45mins or until they are soft when poked with a fork. (cooking time varies due to size of beets)
4) Let them cool- then peel the beets and cut off the roots and the remaining top of the beet. Slice them and drizzle with more olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste!
She paired them with a salad that was a lightly dressed with... YUP with olive oil and balsamic and topped with walnuts and grated parm.
How do you like to cook up beets!?