I do not have good feelings about beets. The smell of them takes me right back to the dinner table as a child, staring down at these red slices, knowing that I wasn’t going anywhere until they somehow disappeared. In my 13 years of marriage, I have never bought or cooked beets.
My neighbor gave me a bag of vegetables from a garden, which included some beets. Luckily I have just acquired the book “Deceptively Delicious.” I decided to follow her advice and puree and freeze them. That way I can put them in crazy things like pancakes and chocolate cake like Mrs. Seinfeld suggests.
This was a simple process. Cooking beets is much like cooking a baked potato. No peeling or cutting required. Just wash it, wrap it up in aluminum foil, and cook for about 1 hour at 400˚. Let the beets cool slightly.
Peel beets and place in a blender. Blend for about 2 minutes and you have a beet puree. I put them in portion sizes of 1 cup. Next time I think I will try putting more in each bag and just breaking of the portion I will be using.
When my husband came home and smelled our house, the first thing he said, “It smells so good in here!” (It must be another Australian thing). It was a smell that took him back to his childhood at the dinner table loving the “sweet” beets. I would never use the word “sweet” to describe beets. I need to get that recipe.
Perhaps I need to give beets a second chance. Maybe plant some in my garden next year. We did have some for dinner that night “disguised” in our chicken nuggets. Although there really is no way to disguise beets, because they stain everything red! We were thinking of new names to call it like, “fire chicken.” Regardless of how it looked, it was delicious and won everyone’s approval. Next I’m going to see how well beets disguise themselves in chocolate cake.