Monday, December 20, 2010

Roasted Beets w/ Blue Cheese

Roasted Beets w/ Blue Cheese

You’ll Need
Latex Gloves (keeps your hands from turning pink!)
4-5 Whole Fresh Beets
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coarse Sea Salt / Kosher Salt
Cracked Pepper
Blue Cheese Crumbles

Preheat oven to 350-400. Wearing latex gloves, to prevent staining your hands, scrub the beets under warm water with a vegetable brush. Keeping the gloves on, cut the leaves and stalks off of the beets and discard. Cut the beets into quarter wedges. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange the beets on the cookie sheet and drizzle liberally with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper.

Bake beets about 1 hour, or until fork tender. Allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with blue cheese after plating.

Roasting the beets will bring out the nutty flavor and remove some of the tanginess associated with raw ones.
Serves well with white meats such as fish, turkey or chicken.

Can be served cold or hot.

Beets are an excellent source of heart-healthy folate (About Folate) and a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and heart-healthy potassium. Beets are a good source of digestive-supportive dietary fiber, free radical scavenging vitamin C and copper, bone-healthy magnesium, and energy-producing iron and phosphorus.  For more information on the benefits of beets: Info about Beets!


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