I’ve dyed my hands and stained my cutting board (and probably my shirt too), but nature’s sweetest veggie is undoubtedly worth all the scrubbing repercussions.  Beets have entered their time to shine, and I’ve sent the first batch straight to the oven.  Roasting is my method of choice when it comes to the fuchsia-filled veggie.  The roasting process helps draw out the sweetness of the beets, while lessening the intenseness off their earthiness.

Since beets are so sweet all on their own, they need little sprucing up.  (Fun fact:  Beet sugar makes up about 40% of the world’s sugar.) Here, I simply doctored them up with some garlic scapes and a few sprigs of fresh oregano.  Just like beets, roasted garlic is always a sweet treat, and herbs always freshen things up.  As I’ve said before, if you can’t find garlic scapes at your local farmer’s market, swap them out for regular garlic.  Three to six cloves will do the trick in this recipe, depending upon how much you adore garlic.  I’d go for the six, but if you’re looking for just a hint of garlicky flavor, stick with a few less.

And just so you know, beets aren’t only made up of sugar.  They’re also filled with fiber, vitamin C, magnesium (a mineral that regulates blood sugar, promotes strong bones and a healthy immune system), folate (a B-vitamin needed to make DNA & RNA, the building blocks of our cells), potassium and a handful of other vitamins and minerals.  Plus, that naturally bright color has to be an indication of some kind of health booster, right?

Oregano Roasted Beets with Garlic Scapes

Ingredients

  • -10-12 medium beets, cut into thirds
  • -5 garlic scapes, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • -1 heaping Tbsp. fresh oregano (about 5 sprigs, leaves stripped from stems)
  • -Olive oil, for drizzling
  • -Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place garlic scapes and beets on baking sheet, and toss with drizzle of olive oil, until lightly coated. Sprinkle fresh oregano, salt and pepper on top. Use another sheet of aluminum foil to cover the beets, and pinch the two sheets together to make a pouch. Bake 40-50 minutes, until beets are fork tender.
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11 Responses to Oregano Roasted Beets with Garlic Scapes

  1. Simply Life says:

    I just had beets last night for the first time in a while and now I’m craving them again!

  2. liane says:

    It’s like you know what’s in my fridge:) I hate to see good veggies go to waste. Making this tonight! Thanks.

  3. I LOVE roasted beets! It’s funny because I couldn’t stand beets in any way, shape or form (one of the few veggies I didn’t like) until I was in my 30s! Now I could eat them every day!

  4. Joanne says:

    Two things I have in my pantry right now are fresh farmer’s market oregano and garlic scapes…with no idea what to do with them. Until now! These beets sound fantastic! Totally worth a few battle scars…err…stains.

  5. Katie Briggs says:

    I just got scapes at fair foods, they are the best!!! have you tried Romanesco broccoli? its in season and awesome!!

  6. Marlene says:

    Never had beets before, but came in my CSA delivery. Making them your way tonight!

  7. Kelly says:

    I just got beets and garlic scapes in my CSA box today. So glad I headed to tastespotting to find a recipe!

    Awesome! thanks!

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