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Friday, March 20, 2009

Sautéed Beet Greens with White Bean Mash on Toasted Baguette Slices


A couple of weeks ago, we were at the (indoor) farmer’s market, and looking at all of the gorgeous fruits and vegetables. I guess when it’s 35 degrees and freezing outside, everything that is fresh looks gorgeous, right? But really, this place has the best stuff. Anyway, I picked out some beets to oven roast, and the beet greens were just beautiful! Usually, the ones I see at the grocery store are gross. Not pretty at all, and full of dirt. Seriously, you wouldn’t even want to imagine putting them anywhere near your mouth. Ick.

But the ones a the farmers market? They were so pretty and green and vibrant, and I knew we could do something with them. Wasn’t sure what at the time, but I couldn’t pass them up.


A couple of days before, I’d been reading blogs and came across Pithy and Cleaver. Great blog! They had me at Garlicky White Beans. Because, yum! I had already picked up the beans for that to have on a baguette, so the beet greens just worked their way into my plans. One whole grain baguette before leaving the market and we were all set.

Sliced baguette, toasted, a bit of sautéed beet greens, some white bean mash, and it’s heaven in your mouth. Seriously, we couldn’t stop eating this. And have been looking forward to it ever since! We lead such an exciting life, do we not?

There’s garlic in both the greens and the beans, but it mellows out during cooking, so you won’t be keeping any vampires away with this one. And really, if they all look like Edward Cullen, why would you want to? There’s also fresh lemon juice in both. Add some fresh basil to the beans, and you’ve got some wonderful flavors going on.

Sautéed Beet Greens

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Beet greens from 3-4 large beets, rinsed well and drained, then roughly chopped
2 shallots, minced
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you prefer)
1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper

Sauté shallots with garlic in a little olive oil over medium heat--don't burn!
Add the beet greens and toss them in the oil mixture, after about a minute, add the broth.
Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Remove the lid, and squeeze in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.


Bean Mash inspired by Pithy and Cleaver

1/4 cup olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 can white beans (don't drain!)
about 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper

In a pan, heat the oil over medium low heat. When it's heated, add the garlic and cook slowly, to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor.
Add the beans and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Begin to mash them with a fork, or a potato masher--even the back of a spoon.
Add the basil, lemon and salt and pepper to taste.


Serve the greens and the bean mash on toasted whole grain baguette slices.

This is definitely one recipe that we’ll enjoy again and again. it’s so easy to prepare, and it’s not to bad for you, either. Makes a nice appetizer, or a light meal. Unless you eat all of it, like we did, and then it’s not so light. hehehe.


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Anonymous said...

This looks so good. I love white bean mash and normally hate greens but the combo must taste really good. Thanks

LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Michelle said...

Looks so good..even as a breakfast!

Anonymous said...

Elle, I live in NH--where is this indoor farmers' market that you speak of?

Anonymous said...

This looks great. I think I might be making this for my boyfriend for his 27th birthday this Sunday as an appetizer, along with breaded, pan-fried goat cheese rounds on top of a citrus-chicken salad, and strawberry chocolate cake. I hope it turns out well! Cheers!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Mmmmm, that does look good especially that white bean mash. I've made something similar but the recipe I used called for a bit of roasted red peppers and a generous splash of white wine. It also never mentioned mashing. Now I know! :-)

The greens look yummy as well and think my kiddos just may like it as they LOVE 'em some spinach. It's along the same lines, right?!

Leslie M. said...

Ohhhh I love your Veggie Recipes!!! This looks so delicious and I cannot wait to make this! The nutrition Factor is off the wall!!! Thanks so much for this one!!! YAY!


Anonymous said...

Oh Elle that is AMAZING!!!! I LOVE anything with white beans... I am definitely going to have to try this!

louis luzzo said...

Always looking for a recipe for my Endless Possibilities on becoming a Healthy Gourmet campaign. This is great! The beet greens are beautiful and married with white beans can't be anything but a winning combination.
Thank you for the post.

skr said...

now thats food to solve any problem.. =)

Michele said...

I love the little Edward Cullen reference! :)I'm actually re-reading the saga this weekend.

So Elle...I love, love beets...but tell me what do the beet greens taste like? I've never had them and now I'm intrigued.

Jennifer said...

Bean mash on a baguette-yum. By the way, new contest involving PEEPS at my blog.

Gloria Baker said...

I really love your recipe, love your greens!! look so nice!! xxGloria


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous presentation, and the bean mash looks scrumptious! What time is dinner tonight?

Elle said...

Thank so much, guys!

Julie, I did send you an email, but just in case anyone else is wondering, the farm is actually Tendercrop Farm in Newbury, MA. They have a website, if you're interested. But there's also a year 'round indoor one in Amherst, NH--in the Salzburg Shops, I think? And also a little one on Webster St in Manchester--I believe that's a year 'round one.

Michele--the greens are so good. Mild, so the garlic, broth and lemon juice really help. But I've read they need a good amount of cooking--like the 20 minutes--or they'll be bitter. And really, you're getting the greens along w/ the beets, so if you give them a try--you have nothing to lose, right?

Nick--6:00 sharp!

grace said...

beet greens are awfully pretty, both in their fresh and cooked states. lovely, elle, especially paired with that awesome mash o' beans.

Unknown said...

Beans and greens are a great combo!

Anonymous said...

I saw that recipe for garlicy white beans and mentioned that my all-time favorite salad at a restaurant near my house is composed of mixed greens with a grilled portobello mushroom, warm garlicy white beans and goat cheese. Yum!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

I just threw out a whole bunch of beet greens! I was getting so tired of them but this would be a great way to use them up next time. Lesson learnt!

kat said...

Oh that looks & sounds amazingly tasty

RecipeGirl said...

Beet greens are really worth trying, huh? I always toss them. I've just never thought I'd like them. Not a good excuse. I will be sauteeing them 'Elle' style next time I pick up some beets!!

Cynthia said...

I can just imagine how satisfying it must have been to eat this.

Cate said...
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Cate said...

Not usually a big fan of beets, but I think roasting makes anything taste good - yum!

giz said...

I'm always on the lookout for what to do with beet greens - what a great option this is and I love the combo of the beans with the greens - hey - beans and greens; has a ring to it don't you think :).

vanillasugarblog said...

now this is a healthy snack. I love a good bean dip or mash I should say. I have never used beet greens, but I do know that they are very very good for you (more so for women because of the high iron content).

Anonymous said...

Never thought to eat beet greens. Not even sure the beets come with greens in the markets near me. This looks delicious, really delicious. Thanks! Stumble-worthy.

Authentic Seacoast Company said...

Great recipe. We love the simplicity, flavour and health of this dish. Gave it a stumble.

Annie said...

Love it!!!

Spryte said...

That looks so tasty!! I think it would fit right into one of my monthly wine tasting parties!

breadchick said...

What a great idea and combo!

annie said...

The bean mash recipe includes so many of my favorite ingredients! I might try the beet green recipe with spinach instead (since I happen to have some on hand). What a fantastic, healthy dinner!

Anonymous said...

I made this and it was wonderful.

Elle said...

Thank you Anonymous!

Dazy said...

This is something new to me. I'm planning to make this tomorrow. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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