Recipe: Roasted Beets With Balsamic Honey Glaze

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Most of my winter garden is composed of beets. I have golden, candy striped and bull’s blood. I decided to pick a few because they are getting pretty big—and their days are numbered since my summer garden will be going in soon. The beets are colorful, bright and gorgeous. I just wish I had more recipes for beet greens! I decided to do them simply by roasting them with rosemary and garlic, and then drizzling them with a balsamic-honey glaze. You can make this dish vegan simply by exchanging the honey for brown sugar.

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Servings: 6
Time: 15 minutes active; about one hour total

3 pounds beets, greens removed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean beets well, but do not peel, and place in a shallow baking dish. Whisk together water and extra virgin olive oil, and pour over beets to coat well. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes.

2. After 30 minutes, remove from oven and add garlic and rosemary. Roast another 15 minutes until beets are soft, but still firm.

3. While beets cool, stir together vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil/reduce, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

4. Peel the beets by slipping the skin off and cut into thin slices. Place in a serving bowl and drizzle glaze on top. Toss to coat and serve.

Writer Bio: Adrienne Capps loves food and is a vegetarian—she doesn’t believe these things are mutually exclusive. A vegetarian for the past nine years, Adrienne created Vegetarianized.com as a way to share her passion for eating, drinking and cooking—and to make vegetarianism more accessible. The blog transforms meat dishes into vegetarian or improves vegetarian recipes and puts the results up in a weekly post called the Sunday Serving on the blog and at the Facebook Group Vegetarianized. Capps is also a food writer, teaches cooking classes in Davis and is an amateur caterer. Upcoming cooking classes and recent food articles are found on the blog home page.