|Beet greens with smoked paprika|
I roasted the beets in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes with olive oil, salt and pepper. That's it. Nothing fancy, but the sugars in the beets begins to caramelize and sweeten the beets until they are so yummy and buttery in flavor. The white beets are deceptive since they look just like a potato when cooked, but taste like a beet.
I sauteed the greens with just a touch of olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika. Oh my, what a flavor and kick. The paprika was given to me by a good friend in California and I've been using a little at a time with greens or beans. I knew the paprika would add just the right flavor and I was right. It gave it a smokey, earthy flavor. (Make sure to use just a pinch if you try this. A little too much and it's very overpowering) I originally thought the greens would be more bitter and the paprika would mask it, but there was no need to worry. They were lovely, crunchy and perfect. Unfortunately there wasn't more...
The moral of this story? Don't be afraid to try something new. You never know. I'm hooked on beet greens now and can't wait for Saturday's market. I'm looking forward to candy cane, white and golden beets, as well as the load of greens they'll provide.