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Chocolate Balsamic Roasted Red Beets

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A sweet and savory side you might confuse for dessert. These chocolate and balsamic roasted & glazed beets are to die for!



  • 1 pound Red Beets
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Trim and peel the 1 pound of red beets, reserving the beet greens. Then, cut the beets into wedges.
  2. Place the beets in a small baking dish, cover with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, mixing them so that all slices are coated.
  3. Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake the beets for about 45 minutes, or until a knife can easily pierce the largest piece.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of both sugar and cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Warm it over a medium heat until the mixture combines and thickens.
  5. In a small sauté pan, add the chopped beet greens along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook it over a medium-low heat just so that the greens wilt.
  6. The beets should be done by the time you have finished the chocolate-balsamic glaze and cooked the greens. Remove them from the oven, letting cool slightly. Then toss them with the glaze.
  7. Serve the chocolate balsamic roasted beets over the beet greens.