Monday, March 23, 2009

Grilled Beets and Greens

At the farmer's market this weekend I picked up some fresh beets because my husband loves them and I've never cooked them fresh before. We also got a new grill so we've been grilling everything we can. So I figured, why not grill some beets? The other great thing about beets is that the greens are edible too, so it's like having 2 completely different vegetables from the same plant.

Grilled Beets

4 fresh beets (peeled and sliced)
1 clove garlic
2 T olive oil
2 T balsamic
pinch of s & p
(1 t olive oil and 1 t balsamic for dressing)

Marinate beets 1 hour or up to 8 hours
Remove beets from marinade and place in foil and wrap up
Grill over medium for 25 minutes brushing with remaining marinade every 5 minutes or so
Remove from foil and place beets directly on grill for 1-2 minutes on each side
Remove from grill and dress with olive oil and balsamic and season with s & p to taste if needed

Beet Greens

Beet greens removed from root and chopped (cut off all large stems)
1/2 onion chopped
1 T butter or margarine or olive oil
s & p to taste


Saute onions in butter over medium low heat until translucent
Add greens and saute until soft, 7-10 minutes
Add s & p to taste

You can also cook beet greens as you would any other greens, with yummy bacon or even a little bit of vinegar. But do not over cook! The greens get bitter when over cooked, so just let them get soft and then remove them from heat. Enjoy!

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