Beets: Customs and a Matter of Taste




My sister mentioned that she does not like beets, won't eat them. I told her that roasting them would change her mind. She then asked what I serve the roasted beets with and I said I don't serve them with anything because I eat them straight out of the pan.

We agreed she would try the beets made my way, and I would try the beet greens made her way.

The way she does beet greens is that she steams them and serves them with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise! This is how her husband's family always ate them. This is not anything I've ever seen before (though this garlic mayonnaise idea sounds pretty good).

(Another aside: The Kitchn recently did a post on odd eating customs, with the author using her preference for cold syrup on pancakes as a launching point. Can cold syrup be considered outre?)

(And yet another aside: We were talking beets at lunch. A coworker was talking about particular brands of pickled beets, and I mentioned I had never had them. Another coworker said he was surprised by this, because I'm from Louisiana. Are Louisianians known for their prolific pickled-beet eating?)

As for those roasted beets ... they turned out just okay. The oven was malfunctioning and they weren't cooked to my satisfaction. Ultimately, I do not believe my sister was swayed. I need a do-over.

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