Salt-Crusted Beets

The salt crusts give roasted beets a delicious salty herb flavoring.

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Salt-Crusted Beets

The salt crusts give roasted beets a delicious salty herb flavoring.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: beets, creme fraiche, horseradish, johnson and wales, johnson and wales university, salt-crusted, vegetarian
Servings: 3
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Johnson & Wales University


Horseradish Crème Fraîche:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar


  • 2 cups coarse kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 3 large unpeeled beets (each about 8 ounces); trimmed, scrubbed


  • To make horseradish crème fraîche, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Mix coarse salt, horseradish, thyme and orange peel in a medium bowl. Place three 3-tablespoon mounds of salt mixture on a small rimmed baking sheet, spaced apart. Top each salt mound with 1 beet; then distribute remaining salt mixture over beets, pressing firmly and forming crust around each beet, covering completely.
  • Roast beets 1¾ hours. Remove from oven; crack salt crusts open and remove beets. The beets will have absorbed the crusts’ flavor. Peel beets; cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange beet slices on platter. Serve with horseradish crème fraîche.


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Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g
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