Oven Roasted Fresh Beets Recipe

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It is easy to love fresh beets, and not just for their outstanding nutritional advantages. Oven roasting beets seems to enhance their sweet nature. Oven roasting is the easiest way to cook beets. The skins will slip right off after cooking. I’ve had more people tell me that they don’t like beets. Well, that was until they taste roasted beets. Roasting beets give them a deep, sweet taste that can’t be accomplished in any other fashion. Serve these beets either as a side dish or a salad.

roasted beets

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Recipe Type: Beet, Vegetable, Buying Guide
Yields: many servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hr


Fresh whole beets (small, medium, and/or large size)*
Olive Oil

* In other words, all sizes and types of beets can be roasted.


Purchasing Beets: Always purchase beets with the tops on them, if you can. Fresh tops (greens) man fresh beets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place rack in middle of oven.

Wash and scrub the whole beets to clean off any dirt. Leave the beet whole unless you have some extra large ones (if extra large, cut in half). Trim off the stems (leafy tops) and ends of the beets. Reserve the beet leaves for a recipe using them.

On a large baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil. Place prepared beets, in a single layer, on top. Toss lightly with some olive oil to coat the beets. Place another large sheet of aluminum foil on top of the beets and crunch up the sides of the aluminum foil together to seal.

beets ready for oven

beets ready to bake

Beets ready to roast in the oven.

Place in oven and roast approximately 1 to 2 hours (depending on the size of your beets) or until tender and easily pierced with the tip of a paring knife. Remove from oven and take off the top foil. Set aside to cool enough to handle. When cool enough to handle, peel the skin off. They should peel easily by hand, but you can use a paring knife if you want.

roasted beets

peeling beets

peeling beets

Fresh oven roasted beets hot out of the oven.

Peeling the cooled beets

Either store in the refrigerator whole or cut each beet into slices (as thick or thin as you prefer).

Beets are delicious on their own sprinkled with a little salt or as an accompaniment to your dinner. Some people like to serve them as an appetizer with a good goat cheese. Be creative and enjoy!

Serves many.


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