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Slow-Roasted Beet Wedges

Scott Phillips

Servings: four as a side dish.


  • 1 lb. small or medium red or yellow beets, scrubbed but not peeled  
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 5 small sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 90
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 40
  • Fat (g): 4.5
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 330
  • Carbohydrates (g): 11
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Measure two 2-foot lengths of aluminum foil and crisscross them on a small rimmed baking sheet. Slice the tops and bottoms off the beets. Cut the beets into wedges from top to bottom (small beets may only need to be quartered; cut larger beets in half horizontally first, then cut each half into about 6 wedges). Each wedge should be about 1-1/2 inches at its widest point. Toss the beets well with the olive oil and salt and put them, in one layer, on the cross section of foil on the baking sheet. Group them snugly but in one layer. Lay the herb sprigs on top of the beets and close the package tightly by folding each sheet of foil in and sealing it with the others. The package should be flat and relatively airtight.
  • Roast the beets for 1-1/2 hours. Remove them from the oven and, avoiding the steam, carefully peel back the foil. Check to see that the beets are cooked through (a thin knife should slide through without resistance). Also check that the bottoms of the beets are nicely caramelized (they should be darkened and wrinkled). If they’re not done, seal the package again and return the beets to the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on the heat of your oven, the thickness of your baking sheet, and the size of the wedges, they may take more or less time.

Make Ahead Tips

The beets can be made several hours in advance and reheated or served at room temperature. To reheat, spread the wedges on a baking sheet and heat in a 350°F oven for about 10 min.

Slow-Roasted Beets & Shallots: Add 5 or 6 large peeled shallots, cut in half or quartered into wedges through the stem (keep the stem intact), to the beets before roasting, and toss with the oil. Roasting time will be slightly longer because of the moisture the shallots give off.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Sjmont | 12/05/2020

    Love this! Make it frequently. Usually add a bit of chopped kale and some orange-ginger dressing after the beets cool. Serve it with chopped almonds and crumbled blue cheese. I've made it with red beets, golden beets and a combination. Usually only take an hour to roast and caramelize.

  • HaydnR | 10/22/2016

    Tasty but didn't need the full 90 minutes

  • Connita | 01/23/2009

    I made these last night and then put them into the refrigerator for the night. I just put some over a mixed green salad and they were marvelous! I used the Rosemary and the shallots. The shallots and some of the beets became carmelized and crunchy! What a treat!

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