Beets With Braised Beet Greens and Green Garlic Puree

Adapted from Andrea Bemis


1 bunch of beets
Extra virgin olive oil to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Beet Greens Puree
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced (red or yellow is fine)
3 stalks of green garlic, thinly sliced (or three cloves of garlic)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
fat pinch of salt
1 bunch of beet greens or a mix of beet greens and other hearty greens, like kale, roughly chopped (about 3 cups of chopped greens)
splash of water
squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a dash of red wine vinegar


Remove the greens from the beets and separately wash the roots and greens.
Roast or boil your beets.
To boil: slice the beet roots into ½-inch size pieces and place in a pot of salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a high simmer and cook until the beets are tender. About 25 minutes. Strain the beets and set aside.
To roast: either roast your beets whole (wrapped in foil at 400F until tender when pierced with a fork) and then sliced into ½ inch size pieces, or sliced into wedges and then roast at 375F, drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper until tender (30 minutes).
In a large cast iron pan over medium high heat add the butter. Once sizzling toss in the onion and cook, stirring often until beginning to soften and brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and salt. Cook, stirring often for about 1 minute longer. Add the beet greens and a small splash of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens begin to wilt and cook down. Once tender remove from the heat. Add the greens to a food processor and process until smooth. Drizzle in some freshly squeezed lemon juice or a dash of red wine vinegar. Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.
Serve the beets on a plate drizzled with olive oil, flakey sea salt and the beet greens puree.