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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honey-and-Orange-Roasted Beets

Sometimes the simplest flavors and ingredients come together for the tastiest dishes on the table—and this is one of them. Three ingredients—raw beets, fresh orange, honey—combine for a flavorful balance of savory, bright, and sweet all at once.

Roasting beets brings out their own sweetness, essentially caramelizing this earthy vegetable to develop its richest flavor right in your oven.

Serves 3 (easily doubled)

  • 4 medium-small beets (about 1 lb total), peeled, each cut into 8 small wedges
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 medium naval orange, halved
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp chopped orange zest
Beets and Orange
Prepared Ingredients
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the beets in a small roasting pan lined with aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil. Squeeze the juice of half the orange over the beets (reserve the other half for another use). Season with salt and pepper and toss well to combine.
  3. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast until the beets are almost tender, 30-35 minutes.
  4. Remove the top foil and drizzle the beets with honey, tossing to coat. Continue roasting, uncovered, until the beets are tender and beginning to brown, 6-7 minutes.
Ready to Roast
Honey Stirred In
Re-season the beets with salt and pepper, if desired, and sprinkle with orange zest. Serve right away.

Honey-and-Orange-Roasted Beets

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