Friday, June 24, 2011

Hasselback Beets - Nature's Sweet Side Dish

Hasselback Beets
Other side dish - Sugar Snap Peas, butter, shallots, reduced balsamic vinegar (must try!)

Overzealous, the perfect word for my shopping habit when I am at the Farmer's Market. I am overwhelmed and excited about the fresh selections, energy from the crowd and the prices. When I shop at supermarkets I am sticker shock at the prices of herbs and vegetables other than broccoli and salad mix. I had my beets for over a week and was afaird I had to throw them out.

Low and behold, the beets were still firm (this is why I love the freshness of Farmer's Market.) I made rib eye for dinner and decided the beets will be a great side dish. I always see gorgeous pictures of hasselback potatoes on foodgawker. However, since I didn't have potatoes, I used my picture-perfect beets.

Hasselback Beets

3 whole beets
olive oil

Turn oven to 350 degrees. Trim the stalk from the beets, rinse and tightly wrap with foil. Bake for 45-55 mins and remove the beets from the oven. Wait until the beets are cool enough to handle and peel the skin with a knife or with your hands.

Slice the beets without piercing through the body. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Loosely cover beets with foil and return to oven for 15-20 mins or until fork tender.



Lolia S said...

Love beets...the juice is so pretty too.


Jessica's Dinner Party said...

I've seen hasselback potatoes but never beets! What a creative way to present them.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, you made those beets look so pretty. I remember how as I child I used to despise beets, now I love them, but don't eat them so much because they stain everything and moi is a messy eater LOL.
*kisses* HH

AB said...

@HH You can always try a golden or candycane beet. Still delicious and pretty, but without all the red mess.

Gretchen @ said...

I love this idea, especially since I'm a big fan of beets. What do you think about adding a few slices of goat cheese in the spaces you cut in the beets?

Bonnibella said...

Gretchen - that sounds like a really good idea! I think a sprinkle of parsley when the beets and goat cheese come out of the oven sounds good too.

foodhoe said...

ooh, so lovely and colorful! All of my favorites... love the presentation. I agree about adding some cheese, what an inspiration.

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