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05 July 2008

The beet goes on

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BALSAMIC BEET SALAD

2 lbs. fresh beets, with greens
1 red onion, slivered
4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, cubed
2 oz. fresh basil, chiffonade(d)
1 cup Balsamic vinegar (use the real stuff, not "flavored")
salt & white pepper (or black) as needed
1 lb. baby lettuce

Don't wear white.  Leave a little bit of the tops on the beets and boil them in in their skins until cooked -- about 20 minutes (as you would boil potatoes).  Drain and rinse in cold water until cool enough to handle; rub skins and peel (as you would sweet potatoes).  Slice or dice for salad -- bite size.  Add onion, cheese, basil, vinegar, and season to taste.  Serve with a bit of baby lettuce.  Can be served immediately, or made ahead and chilled.

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It was thrilling to use basil from my own kitchen garden!  Heh.  If three basil plants and one Italian parsley counts as a "garden."

Comments

Yum. And I love beets.

"Don't wear white" - as if you might have learned from experience???

I love your common sensical and experiential advice: don't wear white.

Yes, the most awesome part of that recipe is the clothing advice! At the beginning, like preheating instructions -- pre-wardrobe advice.

I used to dislike beets intensely as a child, and now like them very much. And that color! (even if not appreciated on my white shirts).

I LOVE pickled beets and have since I was a child. I've never cooked beets, may have to give it a try. Looks good Vicki!

I love beets! I usually wrap them in foil and bake for 45-60 mins. Then the skins just slip right off. Wearing gloves is also good advice or your have purple cuticles for a week.

Ooh - I love beets. That looks like a scrump-dittily-icious recipe. Thanks a bunch.

I am stopping by the store to get the ingredients on my way home from work! I love beets...

I love LOVE gorgonzola with beets! Found a similar salad dressing in one of those sunday paper supplements... and then started serving gorgonzola on the side with roasted veggies (when the veggies include beets).

With everyone else professing their love of beets, how can I help but chime in? YUM!

If you like beets, I recently read a recipe for chocolate-beet cake. It looks really good and I think I'll be making it soon.

http://littleorangekitchen.typepad.com/my_little_orange_kitchen/2008/07/rubies-of-the-field.html

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