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Beets two Ways

May 29, 2014

Last year when we saw beets in the line up for the week we immediately planned to give them away! To be honest with you, even transporting them sort of grossed me out. I know, I was totally judging them on their disgusting exterior. They were always so dirty and stringy, who knew I could make something delicious from them.

Knowing that I had never even attempted to cook a single beet last year, I figured I needed to jump right in and cook the whole beet. I had this idea to do a beet spread or dip, figuring that I thought I could pair it with other things to make it tasty. For example, beet crostini or as a sandwhich spread. As for the greens I decided to use my go to trick with a twist. Whenever I want to cook greens that I’m unsure of I sauté them with sausage or bacon and potatoes. They a always turn out delicious as they typically pick up the flavors of the meat. The twist with this version is that I used sweet potatoes for the first time.

Beet Dip:
3 beets greens trimmed off
1/2 head of garlic
3-4 TBSP olive oil
1cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Salt, oregano, crushed red pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 and wrap the beets and garlic in foil. Place them in the oven on a baking sheet for 1 hour.

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Remove the beets from the oven and let cool. Once beets are able to be handled peel skin away and cut into wedges.

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At this point you can use a food processor, blender, or immersion blender. I used my immersion blender and they looked like this when I was done.

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At this point add sour cream, olive oil, and spices to your liking. I made mine a little spicy and it was delicious! I used it on a sandwhich, dipped celery, cucumber, and crackers in it as well!

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Beet Greens:
Greens from 3 beets
2 sweet potatoes
4 pieces of bacon
Salt, garlic, crushed red pepper to taste

Start by removing the beet greens and washing them

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Cook the bacon in the pan until it starts to shrivel.

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Next take the sweet potatoes (chopped) and add them to the pan with the bacon.

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Wait until they are browned (10-15 minutes) and then add beet greens. At the point you should season everything with the salt, garlic, and crushed red pepper.

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