Honey Ginger Balsamic Glazed Beets
Serves 4-6 as a side dish or 2-4 as a luncheon salad
1 pound medium-sized beets, trimmed and scrubbed (about 6)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons peeled and chopped ginger
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
basil leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place beets in an oven-proof pan with sides, such as a cake pan. Splash in about 1/4 cup of water and seal the top with aluminum foil. Place in oven and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Test by piercing a beet with a sharp knife -- it should glide right in.
Remove beets from oven and allow to cook a few minutes, just enough to handle them comfortably. Peel beets using a sharp paring knife, or have a little fun and just slip the skins off using your hands. (A very sensual kitchen experience!) Cold beets won't peel easily, so be sure to do this while the beets are still warm. Slice beets into chunks. At this point you have the option of refrigerating the beets until you are ready to use them.
Heat the butter over medium heat in a large frying pan and add the ginger. Cook the ginger for a minute or two, just until it becomes fragrant. Add the beets and the balsamic and stir. When the beets are hot and glazed, test for sweetness. Add honey if needed and cook a little longer to glaze. Hint: Adding honey and upping the sweetness of this dish is a good way to introduce beets to the haters.
Remove from heat and serve hot. Alternatively, these beets are also really good served at room temperature as a salad.