Conquering Daemons: Beets Revisited

After my traumatic experience with beets the first time I ate them, I decided I had to give beets a second chance. While they were OK tasting the first time I tried to use them in a dish, they did not seem anything special too me and I would have been perfectly happy never eating them again. By not ever eating beet again,  I would not have to worry about staining my kitchen red with the messy beet-juice and I would not suffer beet’s scary side effects.

BUT …I needed to prove that I could concur this root. I HAD to prove to myself that I could beat beets into something I would want to eat. I wanted to be able to brag about my kitchen skills of turning something mundane into a meal that left you craving more.

So…Last night I rolled up me sleeves (metaphorically and physically) and attacked the juicy red roots with a new sense of energy and a clear goal in mind.  I knew I could win the battle with beets and make them truly tasty.

and guess what…I defeated those damn beets; and the Fed Up Kitchen gained much honor and glory!

I knew I could make beets meet my high taste standards…I just had to know how to cook them and more importantly, I needed to know what to pair them with. It may not look pretty, but this brussels sprout-beet-feta pizza was one of the best and most unique dishes I have made in a while. Try getting Domino’s to make you one of these beauties.

Fed Up fans know I like my flatbread pizza, so this of course was the meal chosen to help me make beets taste good. The beets were first cubed up and roasted for a good long time, which goth them nice and sweet. Then they were added on a flatbread that was also had cubes of cream cheese, some beet greens, brussels sprouts, feta cheese, grilled chicken, and roasted garlic along with some rosemary and PLENTY sweet/spicy seasoning. I finished off the whole thing with toasted pine nuts.

Roasting the beets in small cubes made them tender and very sweet. This sweetness went great with the feta cheese.   The roasted brussels spouts and pine nuts gave the dish a nice nutty flavor which worked well with the other ingredients. And the texture from the cream cheese was a nice addition. This combination of ingredients created a perfect flavor combo of salty-sweet-nutty that also was pretty damn healthy too. This is definitely something that Fed Up kitchen will create in the future.

The conflict left my hands crimson, and the kitchen  battlefield is forever stained red from last night’s actions.  But I conquered my daemons and victoriously proved that beets can be good eats (even if they do make you pee red the next day).

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21 Comments on “Conquering Daemons: Beets Revisited”

  1. May 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Oohhhh ahhhhh. Looks amazing! What do you call your epicurean masterpiece?

    • May 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      Ha…I have not come up with a name for all of my dishes….any recommendations for this one? I would be appreciative.

      The name I am most proud of for one of my previous pizzas: http://fedupfood.com/2012/02/26/stinky-goodness/

      • May 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

        I’m not sure what you should call your pizza. I just know it’s a beetiful thing! 😉

      • May 10, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        ok…that was “CHEESEY”, but I think I will call it that…the “beetiful thing” (that makes you pee red-haha)

  2. May 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Another great pizza recipe…thanks!

    • May 10, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      yep and this was a surprisingly tasty combo!

  3. May 10, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Well done! You did it 🙂

    • May 10, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      I love overcoming my fears…now if I could just figure out how to like blue cheese…

      • May 10, 2012 at 11:09 am #

        You don’t like blue cheese?? :O

      • May 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

        I LOVE cheese…just not blue or brie. For some reason I never have liked em…. But I do like the moldy goodness on an aged goat (like humbolt fog)…which is sort of a first step to like blue cheese.

      • May 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

        Interesting. I love lovelove blue cheese yum yum

  4. May 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    My other half has me hooked on smoked beets now – YUMMERS!

    • May 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Smoked beets….that sounds good…but time consuming. It must take forever to cook beets by smoking them.

  5. June 5, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    That looks awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog and providing a little more inspiration about what to do with the questionable red vegetable.

    • June 5, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      I really have found a new love for this vegetable…but it is such a pain to prep (messy)…and the caned stuff is just not the same.

  6. July 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Looks delicious! I love them raw:)
    I’ll definitely have to try this out.

    • July 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      hmmm….I really have not eaten them raw…I am going to have to try that now.

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