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Is there a reason for keeping the beets whole to roast them? Nerd that I am, I am thinking that they would roast faster if you chopped them up first.
When one roasts beets, they aren’t peeled first because the outer layer will slip off quite easily after roasting. Otherwise, whether roasting or boiling, they tend to loose a lot of their “juice” and thereby lose flavor. If you haven’t roasted beets before, try it — I’m a convert to this technique. In this recipe, because it uses golden beets, the “juice” doesn’t discolor the other ingredients in the mix — something to keep in mind when using red beets.
This website has been my go-to for weekly meal planning the past couple of years, thank you for you consistency and dedication to quality fool, Elise! I was in search of a side dish to bring to a potluck and, thanks to the updated search features on the site, I found this deliciousness! My additions to the recipe were a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes to the shallots, and a few splashes of lemon juice to add an acid to the finish to brighten the flavors. Delish! Thank you, Elise!
Thank you for your kind words Susie, I’m so glad you liked the recipe!
I agree with the recipe author that boiling depletes the flavor of the beets. However, roasting is not the only alternative. I steam beats in the microwave in a covered dish with just a tiny amount of water. Depending upon the quantity of the beets, they take 5 to 10 minutes. I cut the bottom off before steaming. It is easy to peel once they are steamed. The flavor is just as good as for roasted beets. I have also roasted in aluminum foil in a high heat oven for about 30 minutes.
Thanks for the beautiful vegetarian recipes!
Question re the golden beets and brussels sprouts recipe: could one substitute chestnuts for the almond slivers?
I think chestnuts would be fabulous in this recipe.
I made this tonight and added fennel bulb that I roasted separately from the beets in foil with oil, salt, pepper. Didn’t have shallots, thyme or almonds but it was a great mix of flavors and with the red beets it was very “valentine like” ;)
can you substitute golden beets with another vegetable?
Red beets? Yes you can substitute, or leave out entirely. I suggest looking up brussels sprouts recipes in Food Blog Search to see what ideas you find. ~Elise
Elise! We made these tonight! Absolutely delicious, and only the second time I can remember actually liking — LOVING brussels sprouts. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Could we replace yellow beets with regular red beets?
Note from Elise: Sure, it’s just that red beets will stain everything around them red, while golden beets will not.
Yum! I was looking for a golden beet recipe and found this. Happened to have Brussels sprouts in the fridge too. Didnt have shallots today so I went without. It’s hot here in the south right now so I actually did the whole thing in a large toaster over (convection type). Roasted the beets for 30 minutes at 450. Let them cool and peel and chop. Toast nuts in there while the beets cool. Put the beats, sprouts (cut in half) back on the tray – toss in olive oil,salt and pepper. Roast another 15 minutes and add the almonds and serve. Same great recipe with the kitchen staying cool.
So glad I found your website!
Hi Nyteflame, we usually get golden beets at Whole Foods market or at the local farmers market. You can also grow them; I just got some seeds for the spring!
http://www.localharvest.org is a good site to loacate golden beets in your area.
Where would one find Golden Beets? I have never seen them at the grocery store.