If your only experience with beets has been from a can, please, give them another chance. It doesn’t have to be that way. This recipe is a simple one that enhances the incredible natural sweetness of beets through roasting and then glazed with a simple reduction of vinegar and sugar. While time intensive, it’s almost all hands-off cook time so start them first, let the magic happen while you get everything else together, and then finish and serve this simple side. If you love it, try it with other root vegetables like carrots or kohlrabi, or any combination of your choice.
Preheat oven to 400°F and line pan with aluminum foil.
Rub beets with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, place in pan, cover with foil: Place the beets in the pan. Rub olive oil over the beets, and sprinkle with salt. Cover the beets with another sheet of aluminum foil.
Roast for 1 to 2 hours: Roast for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the beets and how old they are. After 1 hour, test every fifteen minutes by poking a beet with the tines of a fork.
Once the fork tines go in easily, the beets are tender and cooked. Remove from the oven.
Prepare balsamic glaze: While the beets are cooling, prepare the balsamic glaze. In a small, shallow sauté pan, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Heat on high until the vinegar has reduced to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat.
Peel and cut cooked beets: After the beets have cooled for several minutes, but are still warm to the touch, peel off the outer skins and discard. Cut the beets into quarters or more, bite-sized pieces.
Pour glaze over beets: Place beets in a serving bowl. Pour balsamic glaze over the beets. Stir in grated orange zest, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with a little orange zest to serve.
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