DJ Pauly D will get stuck in your head, you’ll hate yourself, and then you’ll crave them. The beets. So many beets that your kitchen will look like a Dexter-level murder scene and even Olivia Benson will be like WHOA.
We all had our fill of beet salads a few years ago, so here are some options that feel fresh enough to help you get down with this. sick. beet. And prevent you from actually getting sick, as they’re packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. Even better, the underutilized beet greens are rich in iron, calcium, and B vitamins (a.k.a. the vitamins that celebrities inject to stay youthful … I see you Madge).
Photo and Beet-Horseradish-Dill Spread recipe from CHOW
How could horseradish get any better, you asked? No, you didn’t, because you thought it was impossible. AND YET. It got done. This is delicious dolloped on soups, spread on crackers, and especially served on bagels with some Philly and lox.
Photo and recipe from CHOW
It’s juuuuust like a salad. Except that IT’S A PIZZA. And no one uses all-caps for salads.
Photo and recipe from The Roasted Root
3. Beet Risotto
This might be the most murder-y looking of the batch, but it’s also one of the most satisfying winter dishes. For when you get home, after a long day in the cold, and you’re just beet. Cantstopwontstop.
Photo and recipe from Mowielicious
If the beets and pretty color don’t convince you, certainly the smoked blue cheese will beet you into submission. And if not, then BEET IT!
Photo and recipe from CHOW
5. Salt 'n Vinegar BEET CHIPS!
You know those recipes where you just get slack-jawed reading it, thinking, "Wow I like every element and you’ve just combined them into one dish." This might be my personal definition of allofthethings.
Photo and recipe from Running to the Kitchen
6. Beet Gnocchi
I made this recipe for my bestiewife #heartbeet #twoheartsbeetasone Sara last year, then bought DRY ICE to FEDEX these gorgeous beet gnocchi to her DOOR because of our mutual love of beets. True story.
Photo and recipe from Sparrows & Spatulas
7. Beet Hummus
8. Beet Tartare
9. Beet, Ginger, and Coconut Milk Soup
Better than Borscht? Yes. Just remember to wear a bib.
Photo and recipe from Epicurious
10. Beet Grilled Cheese
I SAY AGAIN salads, just drop the beet into the carbs and we can get rid of you altogether. This is also a great recipe to double up and eat cold for lunch the next day.
Photo and recipe from BS in the Kitchen
11. Beet Burger
If I have not yet demonstrated that beets belong on buns, I’ve not done my job. This is the dope club beet burger you carnivores will devour.
Photo and recipe from Green Kitchen Stories
Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She's probably hungry, but if not she could eat.