Pineapple Baby Beets

I remember my mom making pineapple baby beets when I was a kid. I never ate them because I was afraid of them. Beets? Ewwwww! I could understand the pineapple. But those weird little red things that stain everything they touch? Why would you ever eat them? Well, the answer I now know is that they are GREAT!

Pineapple Baby Beets

Fresh Is Great, But Not Required

You can use fresh beets if you wish when you make these pineapple baby beets. Just cook them first, and let them cool for a bit before quartering and adding in to the mix. You can also use fresh pineapple. Just chop it fairly small and add it in along with any accumulated juices. Either way, pineapple baby beets are delicious!

You can use fresh pineapple if you desire. Just core it and chop really well. Try to get some of the juice too.

Also try my spiralized roasted pickled beets.

Pineapple Baby Beets
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Pineapple Baby Beets

I remember my mom making pineapple baby beets when I was a kid. I never ate them because I was afraid of them. But now I LOVE them!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, pineapple
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 61kcal
Author Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the pineapple tidbits with the syrup. Stir constantly until thickened.
  • Add the butter, lemon juice, and beets.
  • Heat thoroughly, about 5 minutes, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Wow. I love beets, but I really wasn’t expecting these smoked beets with balsamic glaze to be so amazing. The perfect combination of flavors, starting with just a hint of smoke and ending with goat cheese drizzled with a fantastic balsamic glaze. The more I cook, the more I find myself using balsamic vinegar in my dishes, and it certainly was a star in this one.

If you don’t have a smoker you can still make these beets. Just toss them in a 375 F oven and roast them until tender. They won’t have that light smoky flavor, but they will still be great with the glaze and cheese.

Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze

No Fresh Beets? No Problem!

In a pinch you can skip using fresh beets when you make these smoked beets with balsamic glaze. Grab canned or jarred, slice and serve with the remaining ingredients. Or just make my non-smoked beet but-still-really-great beet salad.

I recommend that you use a grill basket when smoking these beets. It makes cooking easier and you don’t have to worry about anything falling through the grates. And cleanup is easier too!

Also try my grilled golden beets.

Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze
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Smoked Beets with Balsamic Glaze

Wow. I love beets, but I really wasn’t expecting these smoked beets with balsamic glaze to be so amazing. The perfect combination of flavors, starting with just a hint of smoke and ending with goat cheese drizzled with a fantastic balsamic glaze.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, smoked
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 111kcal

Ingredients

For the beats

  • 4 large beets
  • herb goat cheese
  • Balsamic glaze from below

For balsamic glaze

Instructions

For the beats

  • Fire up your smoker for smoking at 250 F.
  • Meanwhile, boil or steam the beats until just tender. Let cool completely then peel.
  • Transfer beets to the smoker and smoke for 30 minutes-1 hour. You just want a hint of smoke flavor.
  • Remove from the smoker and let cool then slice thin.
  • Serve with the cheese drizzled with the balsamic glaze.

For balsamic glaze

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue to simmer, stirring often, until thick. The glaze should coat the back of spoon.
  • Remove from heat and cover until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Spiralized Roasted Pickled Beets

If you would’ve put beets in front of me when I was a kid I would’ve said “Ewwwww”. Then I would’ve pushed them away. And I’d make a face. Now, I find that I really like them, specially when roasted. Or pickled. Or even better, spiralized, roasted, and pickled! The aroma as the beets roast is fantastic. Spiralized roasted pickled beets are amazing. These are not the beets my mom tried to serve me when I was a kid. Sorry mom. These are way, way better!

Spiralized Roasted Pickled Beets

Different And Very Delicious

The shallots and rosemary combine with the beets for something really special. They then go into jars with a brine, but not a normal pickling brine. The addition of red onions and tarragon add so much to the beets. Even beet haters will love them!

Make sure you wear kitchen gloves when handling the beets, and clean your spiralizer (and cutting board) immediately after using them. Roasted spiralized pickled beets can be messy.

I also learned quickly that you want to use beets with a little ‘give’ to them – not too hard. A few that I grabbed were hard to spiralize, and I ended up turning them by hand instead of using the crank. No worries, they still came out fantastic! Lesson learned!

Also try some of my long-time favorites, pineapple baby beets and roasted beet salad.

Spiralized Roasted Pickled Beets
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Spiralized Roasted Pickled Beets

If you would’ve put beets in front of me when I was a kid I would’ve said “Ewwwww” and pushed them away. Now, I find that I really like them, specially when roasted. Or pickled. Or even better, spiralized, roasted, and pickled! The aroma as the beets roast is fantastic. Spiralized roasted pickled beets are amazing.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, roasted
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 days 2 hours
Total Time 3 days 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Calories 981kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

For the roasted beets

  • 6 medium beets cleaned, peeled. Try to select beets that are slightly soft. Tougher beets will be difficult to spiralize.
  • 2 large shallots peeled, sliced thin
  • 2 sprigs rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

For the picking brine

Instructions

For the roasted beets

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Note: I like to cut a small slit down the sides of the beets. This produces a single half moon spiral.
  • Spiralize the beets. Tougher beets can be difficult to spiralize. Make sure you put the root side into the spiralizer first and have the stem side towards the crank.
  • Wash your spiralizer to keep it from staining.
  • Place beets onto a large piece of foil. Top with the shallots, sprinkle with rosemary, and drizzle with oil.
  • Seal the foil tightly and place into the oven for 30-40 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Be careful opening the packet as the steam will be hot.
  • Let cool completely before pickling.

For the picking brine

  • Bring vinegar, tarragon, salt, sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • Alternative beets and onions in jars.
  • Pour in the brine. Add more water if necessary to completely cover the beets.
  • Seal and store in the refrigerator for at least 3 days before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 981kcal | Carbohydrates: 219g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4469mg | Potassium: 3805mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 177g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 11mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Roasted Beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Now, sure you can roast beets in your oven. Or even on your grill. But if you have a Char-Broil Big Easy, you should use it instead. The Big Easy is one of the best and easiest outdoor cookers you can find. No mess. No fuss. Perfect for everything from chicken to pies to yes, beets. Just brush the beets with a little oil, vinegar and spices and into the cooker. An hour or so later, perfectly roasted beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

Roasted Beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Perfect Roasted Beets!

After the beets cooled I peeled them and sliced them for topping a great side salad. These roasted beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy were perfect!

Using beets that are roughly the same size will ensure that they all get done at the same time, a big plus.

To make these beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy I used a bunk bed basket. It lets me double or even triple the amount of cooking space I have.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

Roasted Beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Roasted Beets on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Now, sure you can roast beets in your oven. Or even on your grill. But if you have a Char-Broil Big Easy, you should use it instead. 
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, Big Easy, Char-Broil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 3 beets
Calories 77kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • You can peel your beets before or after cooking. It’s easier to peel them first, but I think they stay moister if you peel them after they cook.
  • Cut the root end off so that the beets stand straight up.
  • Combine remaining ingredients and brush onto the beets.
  • Place beets into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Roast for about 60 minutes or until beets are tender but not mushy.
  • Let cool before peeling and slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Roasted Beet Salad

As simple as this roasted beet salad is, it is packed full of great flavors. The roasted beets have such a wonderful sweetness to them. The balsamic vinegar and oil dressing really quiets all that sweetness. Last, the tang of Feta cheese finishes it all off perfectly. As soon as I took my first bite I grabbed my phone and added this recipe to my Thanksgiving meal to-do list. Of course, you can make this salad any time of the year. But I can definitely see it quickly becoming a holiday favorite.

Roasted Beet Salad

The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish

I keep a spreadsheet on Google docs for any menu ideas that hit me. That way, no matter where I am at, I can make a note about a recipe that might be good to make in the future. Like this roasted beet salad, which I just added to my Thanksgiving menu!

Make sure that you whisk the vinegar and oil mixture well before pouring it over the beets.

For something a little different, try smoked beets. Wow, are they also great smoked! Also make my spiralized roasted pickled beets.

Roasted Beet Salad
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Roasted Beet Salad

As simple as this roasted beet salad is, it is packed full of great flavors. The roasted beets have such a wonderful sweetness to them. The balsamic vinegar and oil dressing really quiets all that sweetness. Last, the tang of Feta cheese finishes it all off perfectly.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword beets, roasted, salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 118kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Trim the stem ends of the beets so they can sit flat on a pan.
  • Rub beets in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place on a baking sheet in the oven for 1 hour or until just getting tender.
  • Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle.
  • Peel the beets then slice thin.
  • Line a serving platter with the lettuce.
  • Add beet slices.
  • Crumble cheese over the beets.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil and drizzle over the beets.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.