Beet Greens Sauteed with Garlic and Bacon Fat

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Sweet Pea loves his beets!

Ever since adopting the paleo way of eating, my husband and I have noted, with pleasure, the progress our two boys have made in terms of the vegetables they enjoy eating.  One of the things that has surprised us the most is how much they like beet greens. We discovered this mild tasting green when we grew beets for the first time this past summer. We had been eating all kinds of other greens but had not really thought about using the oft ignored tops of the beet root itself.  One night, not wanting them to go to waste, I sauteed the beet greens in butter in the pan containing the meat drippings from a turkey breast I had just cooked.  I was halfway expecting the family to turn up their noses but was pleasantly surprised when everyone agreed they were delicious. Unlike some of the other greens like kale or chard, beet greens have a very mild flavor which makes them more appealing to picky eaters.

I have been working on a beet borscht recipe and bought some beets just for that purpose. The bunch, greens and all, was so large that it would have been awkward to try and store in the refrigerator without some prep work first.   So I separated the beet roots from their tops, cleaned and chopped the greens and stored the greens and roots in separate zip-lock bags for future use.  The paleo diet has meant a decent amount of bacon consumption (yay for bacon!).  I have been saving the bacon fat and this evening I decided to combine some of it with the beet greens for a quick side dish for dinner.  Here’s the simple recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches of beet greens (cleaned, stems cut off and rough chopped)
  • 2-3 tablespoons bacon fat (or olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the bacon fat in a large pan on medium heat.
  2. Saute the garlic in the fat until fragrant – about 30 to 60 seconds.
  3. Add the beet greens along with a little bit of water and saute until they are wilted and covered in the bacon fat and garlic.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste

Makes 2-4 servings

Note the beautiful presentation these beet greens make!  I love the bright pink juice they produce.paleo sauteed beet greens with bacon fat and garlic

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10 thoughts on “Beet Greens Sauteed with Garlic and Bacon Fat

    • They surprise me sometimes with what they will eat. My Wedgewood pattern has been discontinued so I’m VERY careful with them these days. :-O

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  4. i love beets and beet greens, i never thought to saute them in bacon grease. i wish my son weren’t as picky. he never was until he turned 15months, now he’s stubborn when it comes to trying new things (as is my hubby, so he def gets it from him). i’ve been following the paleo diet for 3 months now and i love it, but i can’t get my hubby or son to follow it 100% which is fine cuz i’ll make them something extra with the meals.

    • Hi Sally,
      Sounds like you have a good strategy for sticking to your eating plan while also finding ways to accomodate your family. Getting kids to eat certain foods is always tricky. My two boys have come a LONG way in their willingness to eat different veggies. If you stick with it I’m sure you will be a good influence on your entire family. THere are lots of great paleo recipe sites with food ideas for kids and families to help you help them. Best wishes!
      Lea

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  6. I’m making this for a side dish tonight. I think I’ll substitute Ghee or Coconut Oil for the fat though! Thanks for such a great simple recipe!

  7. Thanks for posting. I had a delivery of fresh organic produce from my CSA today that had the beets with the greens attached.

    I knew the greens had to be good. I’m cooking them up tonight! Can’t wait! Besides – everything tastes better with bacon! Yum!

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