Grilled Italian Beets

Italian Grilled Beets

Italian Grilled Beets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Italian Seasoned Beets

A simple recipe with just a few ingredients, but by adding an Italian Seasoning Blend these beets gain a little more depth.  Most importantly, a good Italian blend compliments the earthy, ruby ringed root quite well.  No need to marinate for hours or any extra preparation. 

Beets are one of those root vegetables that people seem to think is either a love or hate relationship.  I disagree.  Although I can’t win over hubby on them, that’s okay, we have a lifetime of me sneaking it in, until he forgets he didn’t like them.   Mu wa ha ha (sneaky little wifey laugh).  Anyway, I think it really depends on what you are used to and what you are open to, this of course goes for any eatable but especially the non-traditional day to day veggies that are found in a common cafeteria salad bar.  If you are open to atypical foods you can find a way to like it, usually.  The secret is how you cook it and your seasonings.  Too much oil and beets turn to an almost greasy flavor.  Overcooking can be mushy and some people prefer it, while others like some texture and a crisp quality to the bite.  In this case the slight char of the grill is a big flavor booster and seems to infuse into the beets.  Mmm I can’t wait to eat the leftovers, just reading this.  I really hope you enjoy it and give beets a try.  

Note:  Before I forget, if you haven’t worked with beets, these roots are used for some food colorings so….be careful not to die your work surfaces or clothing(no white or light clothing).  If you care about your finger tips or nails, be cautious with that as well.   It wears off in a few days,  but feel free to mess with people as to how your fingers got died that shade of mysterious red.  

 Beets Organic Whole JoyAndSensitivity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So I saw these crimson Organic beets in our local Fry’s for a steal, seriously.  The whole 3 pack was for like $2 and it’s Organic.  If I remember correctly, they were cheaper than the non-organic beets.  I would like to mention that for those of you that are opposed to paying for Organic, to just glance in that direction whenever you go to the fresh produce section.  I have frequently found many Organic fruits and veggies were either equal to or less than the regular, pesticide and fungicide ridden counterparts.  Hey just take a look, that’s all I am asking.  

 

Ingredients:

  • fresh beets scrubbed and rinsed clean.
  • about 1 TBSP. Olive oil for high heat cooking.(No more than 2 tbsp)
  • 1 TBSP. Italian Seasoning (gluten & soy free)
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Directions:

1.  Get a large bowl and mix your olive oil with your Italian Seasoning blend until incorporated and set aside.

2.  Trim the beets by cutting off the leaves at the top of your beet and the root at the bottom, leaving it flat on both sides.   Then cut your beets to about 1/4” to 1/3” inch slices.

So I sliced the beets below, the safer way.   By laying the flat cut side on the board and slicing straight down to about 1/4 inch and variably 1/3 inch slices.  I am not perfect so my cutting skills need a little work.  I am okay with that.  I prefer the thickness of the 1/3 inch slices myself, but they will take on the longer side of the range to cook.  Alternatively, if you would prefer to cook them more fully and have that softer texture and cook in the smaller end of the range cut them to 1/4 inch.  These would also be an excellent veggie burger alternative.  They remind me a little of Portabello mushroom burgers with the slight char from the grill.

Beet Side Slices JoyAndSensitivity.com

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This beet I sliced the opposite direction so you can see those beautiful rings.  Definitely more pleasing to the eye.  The beets make me think of snowflakes in how different and aesthetic each one  is designed.   I will have to remember to cut them more this way, although I did notice it was harder to control the thickness of each slice.

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3.  Add the slices to your bowl with the olive oil mix.  Use your hands to glaze each slice with the seasoning and oil.  If you like more seasoning, sprinkle more here.

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.4.  Preheat your grill to about 350 to 375.  Grill in a grill basket or grill safe platter for 20-30 min. over medium heat.  Turn every 10 minutes.

5.  If you like your beets with some crunch start checking it at about 15 min.  if you prefer them very soft it will probably take around 30 minutes or so.

6.  Once cooked to your liking, remove from grill and put in your serving dish and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.  Enjoy!

Italian Grilled Beets  JoyAndSensitivity.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Seasoned Grilled Beets; dairy free, soy free, gluten free

 

Author: Joy

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