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Beets of a different color

Posted 8/8/2016 7:13am by Susan.

One of my favorite items in the CSA box is the beets.  Love, love, love them.  Although I haven't been brave enough to try to make borscht (I haven't even looked up a recipe, so perhaps no bravery is required, maybe I just love them roasted too much.......), the beets are the first thing to be cooked, usually on Tuesday night for our "CSA dinner".

One of the first things I noticed is that the beets that look like star mint candies (I am sure there is a technical term, but I am also sure you know which ones I mean!) are not the best roasted.  They tend to taste a little bitter.   SO, I tried a new method of cooking which also gives me that "carmelized" effect that I love about roasting, and that is sauteing them in ghee (or just plain butter, if I haven't had a chance to make ghee lately)  For the dish above, since I was roasting the broccoli anyway, I roasted the purple beets and sauteed the others, and they both tasted pretty similar.

I am not enough of a foodie to know what the difference is that makes the cooking method change the taste of the lighter colored beets, but I do find it interesting that there IS a difference.   Regardless, cooked the different ways I did paired well with sweet corn, but then again, doesn't everything??