Belated Bastille Day Beet Recipe

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Happy belated Bastille Day.

In honor of the French holiday, and the fact that beets are in season, here’s a yummy recipe I came across that I had to share (with suggested vegan adaptations of course) because it sounded so deliciously French:

French Peasant Beets with Chard


  • 4-6 beets with greens
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 3 tablespoons butter or oil of your choice
  • 1 shallot
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 oz bucheron cheese at room temperature, optional
  • warmed crusty bread

Cooking Directions

  1. Scrub and peel the beets. Cut off the greens and set the aside. Slice beets 1/4 of an inch thick.
  2. Coarsely chop the swiss chard and beet greens.
  3. Chop the shallots. Then, in a large skillet, melt the butter or add the oil and saute the shallots.
  4. Add beet rounds to the shallots in the pan. Sprinkle pepper over the beets and salt to taste. Reduce heat and saute beets, turning over to ensure even cooking.
  5. In about 15 minutes later when beets are becoming tender, add greens and chard. Saute for approximately 5 minutes, then add the wine and cover. Cook until greens are wilted, adding water if necessary. Allow liquid to be mostly absorbed into greens, adjust seasonings.
  6. Scoop greens and beets into a low shallow bowl. Garnish the wedge of bucheron of cheese if so desired and some crusty bread.

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons byย La Grande Farmers’ Market


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