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It’s Fall – Time to Eat to the Beet!

Fall means harvest season, which means root veggies like beets are at their peak – bundles of earthy purple (and orange, and zebra-striped) roots are piled high at the farmers’ markets. They keep well, as long as you trim their greens, and are fantastic to cook with if you think beyond simply roasting them. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) From red velvet cupcakes to roasted beet salads to borscht – here are ten ways to eat to the beet.


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  • Roasted Beet Hummus 1 of 10
    Roasted Beet Hummus
    Roasted beets whirl beautifully into hummus, giving it a brilliant Barney-purple hue. It looks stunning on a holiday table!
    Make roasted beet hummus
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes 2 of 10
    Red Velvet Cupcakes
    Yes, these are red velvet cupcakes — made with beets! A delicious creation from Catherine McCord of the popular kid-food blog, Weelicious.
    Make red velvet cupcakes
  • Roasted Beet and Orange Salad 3 of 10
    Roasted Beet and Orange Salad
    In this pretty plated salad, the sweetness and heartiness of beets is tempered by the brightness and acidity of the oranges and champagne vinegar. So nice presented on a platter!
    Make roasted beet and orange salad
  • Red Velvet Hot Chocolate 4 of 10
    Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
    It's a red velvet cupcake — made sippable! Beets give it a rosy red color, without the need for artificial food coloring.
    Make red velvet hot chocolate
  • Beet Chocolate Cake 5 of 10
    Beet Chocolate Cake
    This dense chocolate bundt cake gets some of its moisture from grated beets — they disappear into the cake, much like zucchini or carrots!
    Make beet chocolate cake
  • Raw Beet Salad with Oranges 6 of 10
    Raw Beet Salad with Oranges
    Yes, you can eat beets raw! Bright winter oranges make a perfect pairing in this simple salad.
    Make raw beet salad with oranges
  • Eva’s Heritage Borscht 7 of 10
    Eva's Heritage Borscht
    Could we do a beet round-up without including borscht? This hearty classic is loaded with good things — everything you'll find at the fall farmers' market!
    Make Eva's heritage borscht
  • Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans 8 of 10
    Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans
    It's a classic - the beet-goat cheese-pecan combo atop spring greens with balsamic vinaigrette is a winner every time!
    Make roasted beet salad with goat cheese and candied pecans
  • Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Soup 9 of 10
    Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Soup
    The combination of purple beets and orange butternut squash produces a devilishly pure red soup - mug of blood for Halloween, anyone?
    Make roasted beet and butternut squash soup
  • Pickled Beets 10 of 10
    Pickled Beets
    One of the best ways to preserve beets for winter is to pickle them - it's easier than you might think!
    Make pickled beets

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