Friday, July 04, 2008

Beet Thing

Several people have asked for the recipe for Beet Thing so here goes!

One or two bunches of beets, sliced (bonus if they've got the greens attached). If you use small beets, you don't even have to peel them. Just scrub them and cut them up. Big beets need to be peeled.
One large sweet onion, chopped
2-3 T olive oil
1 t cumin seed
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional- 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
Seriously, folks, I never measure anything so all these amounts are estimates at best.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. The skillet needs to have a lid.
Add the cumin seed and toast until brown. This does not take long, a minute at most.
Add the chopped onion and sautee until clear and just starting to brown.
Add the beets (and carrots if you have them). Cover and turn down the heat a bit. Cook them until the beets are tender. This may take 20 minutes or longer depending on how big your beets are. If they are starting to brown too much, add a half cup of water every so often until they are done.
If you have the beet greens, chop the stems and the greens seperately. Be sure to wash the beet greens thoroughly. They can be awful sandy little bastards.
When the beets are almost tender, add the stems, wait 5 minutes and add the greens. Cook just until the greens are wilted. Swiss chard works well if you don't have beet greens.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

So, there you have it. Let me know if you have any questions. If you try the recipe, I'd love to hear how it comes out!


Anonymous said...

i want to go to the store right now! i guess i should wait until tomorrow and go to the farmer's market- green acquisition more likely. otis likes beet greens too- i'll have to get enough to share.

omly said...

Yay beet thing! We don't have any from the farm this week. (I just pickled 5#.) But hopefully we will get more soon.