Before you bake beets in the oven, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basic nuances of cooking. Using the oven allows you to preserve the beneficial properties of the root and gives it a special taste. After baking, the vegetable will not be as watery as when cooked. Cook the beets in the oven will succeed when using a baking sheet, foil or sleeves. After roasting the root vegetable is convenient to use, adding to salads, borscht or beetroot soup. Beets, baked in the oven, will be an excellent side dish for meat or fish.
How to prepare beets
Before baking the beets in the oven in foil, you must first rinse it under water, and also remove dirt from the rind using a brush. Dry the vegetable with paper towels before placing it on the baking tray. Both golden and red beets are ideal for baking.
For cooking do not choose a root vegetable with soft skin and sluggish leaves. Root vegetables with sprouts will not be suitable for roasting, as in this case the pulp after cooking will remain very firm.
When using a knife, remove the tip and cut off the top. If you first get rid of the tail, then if you want to bake the vegetable will be convenient, completely wrapping it in foil.
Cut the beets in half, before proceeding to the further stage of preparation. This will significantly reduce the time for cooking.
Try for roasting to choose a small root vegetable, as it will be much sweeter than a large beet.
Main cooking process
It is important to know how much to bake beets in the oven so that the vegetable does not have time to burn and turn out to be soft. The whole cooking stage will take about 50-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Choose a baking sheet with edges so that the beet juice does not flow out during baking. Cover the pan with a nonstick foil on top.
Spread the beets on the baking sheet cut down. Between the halves of root crops should be a distance of not less than 5 cm, so that the beets have a good time to roast.
Beets will not stick and will not stick to the foil if you first pour it with olive oil. Pour olive oil over each half and then rub it evenly with your hands.
Baked beets in foil will be much tastier if you pre-salt and pepper it.
Using aluminum foil, gently cover the root crops from above. Beets will bake better if you press each half from above with the help of hands.
It’s not always easy to figure out how much to bake beets in the oven in foil, as some root vegetables can be cooked in an hour, and others in two hours. Check the readiness of the dish every 20 minutes with a fork.
It is enough to pierce the beets in the middle with a fork to find out if she managed to get ready.
If the crust on top began to stick, and the flesh is not ready yet, then pour each half separately with a tablespoon of water. Such a measure will prevent further burning.
How to bake beets in the oven entirely
If you want to cook the root will turn out entirely. Before baking the beets in the oven, completely prepare a few small or medium-sized root vegetables. Wash the vegetable under water from dirt, dry it with a paper towel and cook a piece of foil. Take a few pieces of foil and lay them overlapping by placing a root vegetable in the middle.
Prepare the pan so that in the process of roasting the beet juice does not flow onto the rack. Place the beets wrapped in foil in the pan. Heat the oven to 180 ° C and place the pan on the rack for 40-60 minutes.
After roasting the beets in the oven comes to an end, wait until the root is cool and cook it to your taste. The easiest way to use beets is to add it to the salad. Rub the beets on a grater, salt and pour with vegetable oil. Add garlic to your salad if desired.
Features cooking in the microwave
A very simple recipe for baked beets in the microwave allows you to quickly cook a dish:
Prepare a heat-resistant bag and pre-pierce it in several places.
Bake the root vegetable at 800 watts for 15 minutes. After that, let the vegetable brew for 5 minutes and then remove it.
Beets will not work dry if you pour 100 ml of water into the middle of the heat-resistant bag before baking.
It is very easy to bake beets both in the oven and the slow cooker. To do this, use the regime "Baking". Cook for 40 minutes.
Baked Beet Sugar
Prepare a very tasty and healthy delicacy will succeed using this recipe:
Wash in advance, peel the beetroot and cut it into slices.
Grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil, put the circles on top and sprinkle them with sugar.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Bake the dish for 30 minutes.
Beet with cheese
Before cooking, you need to take the following components:
root vegetables - 1 kg;
onions - 1 pc .;
butter - 2 tbsp. l .;
sour cream - 4 tbsp. l .;
cheese - 150 g;
mustard - 1 tbsp. l .;
horseradish - 2 tbsp. l
The cooking process is as follows:
Wash the beets, peel them and cut them into strips.
Dice the onion and fry it in butter for 5 minutes.
Pour the beets into the pan and pour half a glass of water, salt and simmer the dish for 30 minutes over low heat without covering the container with a lid.
Fill the consistency with sour cream, horseradish and mustard. Stir the consistency thoroughly and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Carefully place the vegetables in a deep dish, rub the top with cheese and put the container in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 ° C.
By choosing one of the above recipes, you can both bake the beets in the oven and cook a full dish. It is convenient to use for baking oven, microwave, as well as a slow cooker.