Beets

Course : Vegetables
Serves: 4
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Ingredients:

5 medium beets (about 1-1/4 pounds)
 

Preparation / Directions:

When shopping, look for firm, round, smooth beets of a deep red color. To Prepare: Cut off all but 1 inch of beet tops. Wash beets; leave whole with root ends attached.To Boil: Heat 6 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar (to preserve color) and salt (if desired) to boiling. Add beets. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Boil 40 to 50 minutes or until tender; drain. Run cold water over beets; slip off skins and remove root ends. Slice, dice or cut into julienne strips.To Steam: Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water (water should not touch bottom of basket). Place beets in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 45 to 50 minutes or until tender. Add boiling water during steaming if necessary. Run cold water over beets; slip off skins and remove root ends. Slice, dice or cut into julienne strips.To Microwave: Place beets and 1/2 cup water in 1-1/2-quart microwavable casserole. Cover tightly and microwave on high 18 to 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until tender. Let stand covered 5 minutes. Run cold water over beets; slip off skins and remove root ends.


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