Follow these easy step by step instructions on how to roast beets. Roasting beets brings out their natural sweetness. This is how I roast whole beets without foil on a rimmed cookie sheet. Roasting beets is the most delicious way to enjoy garden-fresh beets.
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Best size of beets for roasting whole beets
I love to use baby beets when making roasted beets for salads or snacking. The stems are edible, full of nutrients and make a lovely presentation when left attached. Just be sure to completely wash the dirt away and out of the stems.
How to roast beets
- First, wash the beets. If leaving stems intact, trim to a reasonable length and ensure they are free of dirt.
- Next, peel the outer skin off the beet with a vegetable peeler.
- Heat the oven to 400 F.
- Arrange the beets in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roast the beets in the oven, uncovered for 35 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a fork or sharp knife into the beet.
- If the knife or fork does not easily slide to the center of the beet, roast for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat until beets are roasted through.
I know that no everyone wants to roast beets on a tray and would prefer to roast them in foil. Roasting them in foil will also steam them while roasting them. When roasting in foil, you can skip the peeling before and peel them after they are fully roasted.
Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 11 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.