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Baked Beetroot

Though usually served cold in salads, beetroot can also be delicious when served hot. Also known as table beet, red beet, garden beet or simply, as beet, this recipe will demonstrate not only that beetroot can be cooked and baked, but also that it tastes delicious.

The British cuisine has a long, well known tradition of regional varieties, including the Cheshire cheese, the Welsh cakes, but also of national recipes and foods, like its famous fish and chips, the steak and kidney pie.

Even if meat and seafood are so popular all over Britain, vegetables have their own assured way in the traditional way of cooking. They are included in national prides like the Sunday roast, made of roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, but they are also cooked separately. This is also the case of beetroot.

Usually, the red roots of this vegetable are eaten boiled, or, more often, included in various salads, raw or shredded, seasoned with vinegar and oil. In combination with other salad vegetables, the beetroot remains as strongly tasteful and intense as we already know it.

Considered I early times by the Romans as an aphrodisiac, the beetroot is actually a rich source of boron, an element which apparently plays an important role in the production of human sex hormones. But beetroot has many other health benefits, preventing cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, and diabetes. In fact, one of studies developed by the American scientists has proven that drinking beetroot juice considerably reduces the blood pressure, inducing vasodilatation and an increased healthy blood flow.

Beetroot gains its highest popularity in North America and Britain, being one of the most cultivated vegetable in the beet section, hence its multiple use in the culinary sector. The baked beetroot recipe combines two of the culinary classics: sour cream and beetroot.
The recipe involves few ingredients, it’s fast and it serves for four:

  • 4 raw beetroots, each weighting 225g
  • fresh sour cream or butter
  • salt and pepper

  • Wash the beetroots, but do not trim, and then wrap them in greased foil or in a greased ovenproof dish. Cover and then bake at 350F degrees for 2 to 3 hours. Though the baking time is rather long, the result will surely impress everyone.
    If one’s using a conventional oven to cook the beetroots, there are some rules to be followed:

  • do not damage the beetroot’s skin – it might “bleed” while cooking, due to their high level of betanin; obtained from the roots, the betanin is nowadays used as an industrial food colorant, improving with red the color of many ice creams, jams, tomato sauce, or even ink
  • while baking beetroots, don’t use a fork to see if they are done, for the same reason described above; test to see if the skin slides off easily, and that’s the sign it’s done

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