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.
Roasted Beet Hummus 1 of 10Roasted 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 10Yes, 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 10In 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 10It'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 10This 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 10Yes, 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 10Could 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 10It'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 10The 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 10One of the best ways to preserve beets for winter is to pickle them - it's easier than you might think!
Make pickled beets