Beets and licorice? “The licorice flavor of the anise complements the earthy flavor of the beets, and the cinnamon and orange juice both highlight the natural sweetness of the beets,” write Dave Lieberman and Anahad O’Connor.
Roasted Beets With Anise, Cinnamon and Orange Juice
1 1/2 pounds beets, peeled, rinsed and cut into roughly 2-inch chunks
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
3 large cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1/3 cup good-quality orange juice
[amazon-product]0061780278[/amazon-product]Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a roasting pan with a double layer of aluminum foil.
Toss beets, olive oil, salt, anise seeds, cinnamon sticks and orange juice together in the roasting pan and cover loosely with another piece of foil. Roast the beets, shaking a couple of times along the way, until fork-tender, about 45 minutes.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
From “The 10 Foods You Should Eat” by Dave Lieberman and Anahad O’Connor
(Photo: Alistair Williamson)