Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Beets

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Time

45 min

Serving

5 persons

Calories

0

Rating

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Cuisine

European

You’re going to love (and maybe even obsess over) these simply prepared beets. They’re oven-roasted, which intensifies their natural sweetness, and then tossed in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. You can serve them as a side dish. The best part is that they’re good for you! Beets are a nutritional powerhouse — they cleanse the body, are chock-full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are a great source of energy.

Ingredients

  • medium beets : 6 piece (2 bunches, or about 3-1/2 pounds)
  • kosher salt : 1 tsp
  • extra virgin olive oil : 2 Tbsp
  • balsamic vinegar : 0.3 cup (inexpensive)
  • maple syrup : 1 Tbsp (+ freshly ground black pepper, to taste)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Ingredients.

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  2. Begin by cutting off the tops and roots off the beets, then peel the skin using a vegetable peeler. Be sure to use a stain-proof countertop or cutting board (not wood) because the juice stains. It will turn your hands pink too, but washes off pretty easily.

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  3. Cut the beets into 1 1/2-inch chunks, and then toss them on a foil-lined baking sheet with olive oil and kosher salt. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until the beets are tender when pierced with a thin-bladed knife.

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  4. In the meantime, make the balsamic glaze. Combine the vinegar and maple syrup in a small, shallow pan and reduce it by about half. The syrup should just lightly coat the back of a metal spoon. Pay close attention and be sure not to over-reduce it; because of its high sugar content, it goes from sweet and syrupy to burnt and hard very quickly.

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  5. Toss the syrup with the beets and season to taste with salt and pepper. As you can see, the beet juice bleeds into the glaze, which turns it a gorgeous purple color and makes it earthy, sweet and — quite honestly — good enough to drink.

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