Photo: Oxmoor House 
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 37 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: about 5 beet wedges and about 2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt sauce)

Packet-steaming in foil in an oven is a sublime way to cook root vegetables. You'll get some caramelization if you add a little fat to the packet, which is a huge flavor bonus, but the dish (and the beets themselves) will still be incredible if you choose to leave out the fat. We'll use tarragon two times: in the packet, to get the Barnaise-like depth of the herb, and minced fresh to mix into the brightness and richness of Greek yogurt.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 450°.

Step 2

Trim roots and stems from beets. Pierce beets with a fork. On a sheet of foil about 24 inches long, lay down the beets, oil or butter, tarragon sprigs, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Step 3

Drape another sheet of the same length on top of the beets, and seal the packet around all four sides, turning inward toward the beets to crowd them together.

Step 4

Place the packet directly on the oven rack, leaving the packet in the oven for about an hour (more or less, depending on the size of the beets).

Step 5

When the beets can be easily pierced with a fork, remove the packet from the oven. Set aside for 20 minutes to rest.

Step 6

Unseal the packet, and peel the beets with a spoon, paper towel, or dull knife. The skins should slip right off.

Step 7

On a cutting board, quarter the beets, and place in a bowl.

Step 8

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and the raw garlic. Allow to steep for 2 minutes.

Step 9

Add the Greek yogurt to the garlic and vinegar. Stir well, finally folding in 1/8 teaspoon salt and the minced tarragon.

Step 10

Either mix the beets with the yogurt sauce (à la potato salad), or dollop the yogurt on plates next to the steamed beets. This is a great side dish for whole roasted fish or chicken.

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