Our family tried beets last year, and we weren’t crazy about them. They tasted very…earthy. Well, I think I figured out why they tasted earthy.
You need to peel beets before eating them. They do grow IN the earth. Why this didn’t occur to me, I’ll never know, but I am sure that was the problem.
Here’s a recipe that is worth repeating if you like hummus and variations on hummus.
.5 lb beets (about 4 medium beets), cooked, peeled, and cubed
2 Tbl tahini (sesame seed paste)
5 Tbl fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1/2 to 1 Tbl ground cumin, to taste
1 Tbl lemon zest
1 Tbl plain yogurt for added creaminess (not necessary)
Pinch sea salt or kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Place all the ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings and ingredients as desired. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Eat with pita, crackers/crostini with a sliced cucumber.
Happy 4th of July!