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The Challenge

It’s true – the beets in my CSA basket have been intimidating me for weeks. As I mentioned, I have been steadfastly avoiding them, to the point of actually giving them away. I forgive me.

Tonight, was a new story.

I had prepped the leaves, washing and rinsing them in my Monster Sieve, after having rolled and chopped the greens and stems. (Didn’t need to roll the stems, of course!) I resolved to eat them and am pleased to say that not only did I manage it, I enjoyed myself.

I adapted the recipe posted in In Which I am Up to the Challenge with knowledge gained from the Amazing Deborah Madison in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

With a little bit of olive oil on the medium-sized pan over medium heat, adding chopped onions to sautee until they were clear, the beet greens and chopped stems cooked with a pinch of red pepper flakes for just under ten minutes. I sprinkled a bit of sea salt and squirted fresh lemon juice (balsamic vinegar would be great, too, of course) over the entire business and dove in.

It was nearly excellent.

I have to say that there was, ah, sand in my dish. Rinsing beet greens in a sieve is apparently not quite effective, and I should have followed the recipe directions for washing the greens in a sinkful of water, drained once and refilled to rinse a second time.

Also, there were far too many woody stems, and after enjoying the stem tops, I shuffled the woody stems to the “corner” of my bowl like unwanted celery (sorry celery-lovers).

So, my molars are slightly smoother, but my constitution is hearty and morale is high.


Note to self: Next time, use a larger pan.

Resources and favorite go-to cookbook:

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison and a recipe for beet soup


7 comments on “The Challenge

  1. Tammy
    July 3, 2012

    I found a bengali recipe for beet greens which made them seem more exotic and I got everyone to eat them.

  2. inherchucks
    July 3, 2012

    Great post! Come and share your lessons with the rest of the party… Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

    • sarahdelaney
      July 8, 2012

      I’m in – and looking forward to finding a new idea for zucchini. I’m going cross-eyed with frustration.

      • inherchucks
        July 8, 2012

        Hope you find something delicious 🙂

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