The recipe below partners with the corresponding how-to episode on our new YouTube cooking series, Flippin’ Greek! ™, to show you how we do it in our kouzina. Join us!
KOUZINA TIP: Once cooked, beets can stain hands and clothing while handling them, so take extra care or wear rubber gloves and an apron.
PREP TIME: 40 minutes
BAKING TIME: about 1 hour
COOKING TIME: about 8 minutes
1 bunch orange and/or red beets (about 8) with greens
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
Balsamic vinegar, to taste
2 tablespoons lightly toasted chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut beets off of stems and reserve the greens (discard stems). Scrub the beets to remove any dirt/sand. Place the beets on a sheet of heavy-duty foil large enough to enclose them and drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Tightly seal the beets in the foil, place in a baking pan, and bake about 1 hour, until the beets are fork tender. Remove from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle but still warm. Reserve juices in the foil.
2. Meanwhile, rinse the greens well under cold water to remove dirt/sand and cut or tear into 3-inch pieces. In a large skillet or pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic until aromatic, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the greens, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring from bottom to top every couple of minutes, until wilted, about 8 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, peel the beets and slice, then place in a large bowl with the oven juices in the foil. Drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons vinegar (to taste), 1 teaspoon olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter.
4. Transfer the greens to the bowl that held the beets and drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Taste and, if needed, season with additional salt and pepper. Serve warm alongside the beets sprinkled with walnuts, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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ABOUT Kukla’s Kouzina Flippin’ Greek! ™
Flippin’ Greek! ™ is our new cooking series on YouTube and the next exciting chapter in our kouzina. Every Monday we flip a familiar non-Greek recipe to Greek-island style using ingredients and cooking techniques found in Karpathos. Each episode runs 2 to 15 minutes, the perfect length for us to quickly show you how to recreate foods and beverages/cocktails right alongside us.
The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipes for each week will be posted right here on our blog with links to the episodes.
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