February 7, 2009

Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Beets, and Beet Greens

food-891The other day, I discovered a wonderful new website. www.eatgreendfw.com If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you should visit this site! It’s almost like visiting the farmer’s market from the comfort of your home…you can order local, sustainable produce, meat, dairy, and other items from area producers. (Don’t live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? There is a great website for anyone in the U.S. http://www.localharvest.org/ I actually found a little farm not far from our house that sells fresh eggs from this site!) I was excited about the idea of this site, so I ordered some winter vegetables from Garden Harvests, a local farm near Waxahachie. Within 2 days, I received a box that contained some of the freshest, most beautiful winter vegetables – swiss chard, collard greens, beets (with their greens), and a bunch of cilantro. I was literally so excited that I jumped up and down. (yes…I realize that makes me a bit weird…jumping up and down over a bunch of vegetables. I am comfortable with my eccentricities.) What to do with all of these vegetables?

Well, as for the chard, I simply chopped and sauteed it with a bit of olive oil, crushed red pepper, and garlic. Check out Simply Recipes, Elise happened to have a recipe that worked wonders for this vegetable. It was slightly sweet, and just what I wanted. http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000965swiss_chard.php

But that’s not what this post is about. I’m getting to that.

I also have had a bit of a butternut squash “thing” lately. It’s one of the most wonderful winter squashes. Sweet and creamy, and you can put it with anything. Since I happened to have one in the kitchen, I figured, why not use it? As for those beets, they were gorgeous. See? GORGEOUS.

Gorgeous Red Beets

Unlike most of the beets I’ve purchased in the past, the greens were still quite pretty. I didn’t want to waste them. So I began to think…why not use these ingredients together, for one super-whiz-bang vegetable side? And suddenly, this dish was born!

Of course, you can serve any one of these three vegetables on their own. Or combine two out of the three. But the three together complimented one another quite well.

I’ve listed each recipe out separately.

Roasted Butternut Squash

 

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into ½ inch cube

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 sprig thyme, leaves picked

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In an 8X8 baking dish, toss diced squash with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Roast in oven on center rack for 30-40 minutes or until squash is soft and lightly browned.

 

Sauteed Beets

 

Olive oil

5-6 small beets, peeled and diced into 1 inch cube

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

 

Heat a shallow, wide skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil, swirl to coat. Add beets, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Turn meat to medium-low and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes. Once beets are browned and soft, add garlic, and sauté for 1-2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Beet Greens

 

1 T oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ c water

1 T sugar

¼ t crushed red pepper flakes

About 1 lb beet greens (or greens from about 6 beets), rinsed thoroughly and chopped into bite size pieces

2 T sherry vinegar

Salt and pepper

 

 

Heat a large saucepan to medium heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add water, sugar, and red pepper flakes and stir. Bring to boil, and add greens. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

To serve: Put a portion of beet greens on each plate. Top with beets and squash, and serve.

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  1. Alta-
    I did not know you had a food blog…just saw your card today in John’s office…it’ll be interesting to see how you’re feeding him! :))))
    Didn’t know you were such a foodie…I love food myself…
    Actually, I love baking, until recently discovered I’m allergic to SUGAR!!! Although I seem to be safe with honey and maple syrup as of now. :)

  2. This is the BEST vegetable dish I’ve EVER eaten! I had just purchased my first Farmer’s Market Bag to expand my produce repertoire. Among other things, it contained a small butternut squash and three lovely red beets, with beautiful tops. After seeing the picture that accompanied the recipe, I had to try this. FABULOUS! The color combination is stunning and the taste…Wow!

    I used the leftover squash in a salad the next night with red oak lettuce, thin sliced red onions, and dried cranberries, topped with a simple balsamic vinagerette and dry toasted pecans. If I had a little goat cheese, I would have crumbled it in.

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