Savory Braised Beets in a Rich Bone Broth
Beets are truly one of my favorite vegetables. The beet root's rich earthiness and beautiful color are so comforting and seem to add a depth of flavor to any dish. In my region, this seasonal variety welcomes in the spring at just the right time when I am getting ready to switch out the heartier root vegetables for something earthy. The more I learn about the true craft it takes to cultivate this delicious variety, the more I realize how important it is not to let any part of this plant go to waste. This recipe easily uses both the beet root and the beet greens and can be thrown together in minutes with simple ingredients you typically have on hand. Braise the beet roots in butter and bone broth, toss in the beet greens and add a splash of apple cider vinegar. If you would like to enhance the flavor of this dish, add a handful of chopped fresh herbs. It goes well with almost everything, from grass-fed lamb burgers to eloquently roasted pork, and will quickly become a spring staple in your household.
1 bunch of beets (with their greens)
2 tablespoons of rolled butter
1 cup of chicken bone broth
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
Remove the beet greens from the beet root. Discard the thick stalks of the beet greens and any wilted leaves. Chop the beet greens and set aside in a bowl. Trim off the beet tips and peel the beet root. Chop into 1 inch pieces.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Toss in the chopped beets and baste in the hot butter for about 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken bone broth and cover about 10 minutes. If you do not have homemade chicken bone broth on hand, some grocery stores carry chicken bone broth now. You can also substitute chicken broth but it will not have the same richness the bone broth has. When the beets are fork tender, add the chopped greens and continue cooking for about 3 minutes until the greens have cooked down and absorbed the broth. If you would like to add fresh herbs to this dish, you can add them in when you toss in the greens. Once the greens are cooked down, remove from the heat, add a splash of apple cider vinegar and serve.