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Simple Beets with Braised Beet Greens Puree

Sometimes the simplest of recipes turns into the best. And this recipe is one of them. You’re going to have to lean into this one with me folks. I’m not doing anything fancy here. In fact I’m probably preparing my beets in a way that most of you are horrified with. I’m boiling them! But don’t let memories of scraggly old and overcooked beets from your past scare you away from this recipe.  Fresh, in season beets taste absolutely divine when boiled. And when you’re working with in-season beets you get more bang for your buck because the greens are just (if not more) delicious than their roots. These simple boiled beets are dipped into a tangy beet greens puree. This is a great recipe to serve as an appetizer on a platter alongside cheese, crackers and cured meets. Or you can go wild and do what we did with the leftovers and make a grilled panini! We added goat cheese and plenty of olive oil for good measure to our sandwiches.

Anyhow, I hope you all love this simple method of cooking beets and their greens.  Happy fresh vegetable season everyone!

Simple Beets with Braised Beet Greens Puree

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Serves: 4

For the Boiled Beets
  • 1 bunch of beets
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Beet Greens Puree
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced (red or yellow is fine)
  • 3 stalks of green garlic, thinly sliced (or three cloves of garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • fat pinch of salt
  • 1 bunch of beet greens, roughly chopped (about 3 cups of chopped greens)
  • splash of watet
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a dash of red wine vinegar


  1. Remove the greens from the beets and separately wash the roots and greens.
  2. Slice the beet roots into 1/2  inch size peices and place in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a high simmer and cook until the beets are tender. About 25 minutes. Strain the beets and set aside.
  3. In a large cast iron pan over medium high heat add the butter. Once sizzling toss in the onion and cook, stirring often until beginning to soften and brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and salt. Cook, stirring often for about 1 minute longer. Add the beet greens and a small splash of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens begin to wilt and cook down. Once tender remove from the heat. Add the greens to a food processor and process until smooth. Drizzle in some freshly squeezed lemon juice or a dash of red wine vinegar. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.
  4. Serve the beets on a plate drizzled with olive oil, flakey sea salt and the beet greens puree.


*Use this recipe as a guide and adjust measurements and ingredient as necessary.

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5 thoughts on “Simple Beets with Braised Beet Greens Puree

  1. sillygirl says:

    Don’t throw away the water you cooked the beets in – add it to soup or cook it down for a flavoring for a salad dressing or just get creative. I now save any cooking water – vegetables or pasta – for soup or when making bread.

    1. Andrea says:

      Love that idea!

  2. Adrianne says:

    I am ALWAYS looking for beet green recipes and this one looks marvelous! Thanks, Andrea!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Boiled beets, is my favourite. Save the water and use it for rice. Pink rice is delicious.

    1. Andrea says:


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