Crispy Baked Beet Green Chips

by on January 20, 2014

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.comWe had a full day of green eating a few weeks ago and it doesn’t seem to stop. When we cooked up mustard greens we also made a batch of beet green chips as a test. This test turned out to be a nice surprise and worthy of sharing, so here’s what we have to say: Don’t waste those beet greens, crisp them into chips. That’s what we did when our garden beet roots are still to young to harvest but we have so many tender beet greens to pluck.  It started with a few handful of seeds tossed in the garden, followed by ridiculously climate-changing warm weather.

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Now we’re swimming in tender greens that normally would be peaking in March. So in celebration of our love of kale chips, we’re extending our craving for green munchies by using up all the beet greens before the bugs get to them. Kale chips are one of our favorite munchies because not only are they lighter than potato chips, we just love the taste . But it doesn’t hurt to mix it up a bit, especially when we can harvest a ton of beet greens this time of year.

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Our first thought was what would beet green chips taste like? Normally beet greens are a little tougher and more leathery, but when plucked from the garden beet itself, we’re hoping for some better results. And even if the greens are a little tougher? Would it be worth the effort to make them into chips?

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.comThe answer to that question depends on how open minded you are. We loved these batch of baked beet greens, but we weren’t expecting them to be as light and crispy as kale chips. Neither were we expecting the flavor to be the same. So we went into this recipe with lower expectations and when the batch came out of the oven, we were thrilled at how delicious they were.

Baked Beet Greens just as delicious as Kale Chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.comBeet greens are going to be a little thicker, so when baked, they don’t have the same “melt-in-your-mouth” texture like you would get from kale chips. And the flavor of baked beet chips are a little more grassy tasting. That’s what makes them unique and a light snack when you have some beet greens to use up.

This is one of those recipes that come in handy when you don’t want to waste your greens and make use of everything, from leaves down to root!

Enjoy!

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.comLexi was so curious about beet greens.

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.comoff to the oven with the greens

Baked Beet Greens- another easy and delicious alternative to kale chips on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Baked Beet Greens Recipe

Yield: Serves 2

Total Time: 45 min

See post for additional recipe details.

Ingredients:

  • About 1 large bunch of beets greens
  • olive oil
  • kosher or sea salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line one or two baking sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Wash beet greens and blot with towels to remove excess water. Remove inner rib of beet stems if they are thick and tough. Smaller, more tender beet greens can be baked with the inner rib intact.
  3. Add all the beet greens in a large bowl. Start by tossing or spraying about 1 tablespoon of olive oil at a time, making sure the beet greens are lightly coated with oil. But do not over oil the leaves or they will become too greasy when baked.
  4. Lay the beet greens in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and pepper over beet greens to taste. Season on both sides of the beet leaves.
  5. Bake the beet greens for about 15 minutes, turn the beet greens and continue baking for 10 minutes or until the greens are crisp.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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1 Anne's Kitchen January 20, 2014 at 1:41 am

What a great idea – I would have never thought of using beet greens to make chips! Fantastic! And lovely photos!

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2 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 20, 2014 at 2:16 am

I’ve made a batch of kale chips every night for the past 4 days (and stunk up my house royally…LOL) and this would be a fabulous change-up! I love beets and I actually think the tougher, thicker-than-kale leaves would be amazing! pinned

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3 Marta Potoczek January 20, 2014 at 4:53 am

Oh I’m so jealous! My garden is covered with snow and all I have is making veggie patch plans ;) These look stunning, I’ll try them in June I guess :) I just got your book- love your life stories in the beginning! Everything looks perfect!

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 20, 2014 at 6:02 am

Neat! I never do anything with beet greens and these look great!

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5 Andi January 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

These look awesome!

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6 Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) January 20, 2014 at 8:01 am

Brilliant. I’ve been using beet greens in just about everything from pizzas, to stir fries to pasta sauces, even spaghetti and meatballs! Also in a ‘bhuna gosht’ or an Indian lamb curry. Love the idea of ‘chips’…mmm!

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7 Lizthechef January 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

I’m kind of in shock as to what the weather is doing to my garden – but I’m with you, we might as well jump into spring with these yummy chips. My rainbow chard is ready and I might play with trying to make chips with that too…

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8 Kira - The Healthable Old Soul January 20, 2014 at 8:16 am

How wonderful! I could not figure out what to use these for besides giving them to my rabbit or juicing them (which tends to take out the nutrients) so this is a great solution!

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9 Joanna January 20, 2014 at 8:39 am

Brilliant idea! And.. as always amazing photos. I will have to wait to make this recipe when I have the abundance of beet greens in the summer. Thanks!

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10 Jasline @ Foodie Baker January 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

Never knew that beet greens can be used to make chips, what a healthy and delicious treat!

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11 Sowmya January 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

Neat idea! We like to make a stir fry with the beet greens.. and to give them it an Indian twist, we make a coarse powder with couple of dried red chillies and toasted peanuts and mix it with the coarsely chopped greens sauteed in garlic and olive oil. Feels heavenly when eaten with steamed rice :)

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12 Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse January 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

That’s such a great idea!! I find I can’t really eat them raw in a salad, so I’ve been sautéing them in garlic, but I will totally try this the next time I’m overwhelmed with a ton of beet greens =) Pinning and sharing over on my FB’s blog page soon

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13 Sini | my blue&white kitchen January 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

I so love this idea! Next time I have beet greens, I’ll try it.

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14 Jay Banks January 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

I just finished baking a super-sweet beets cake and guess what? I have a lot of redundant leafs I can use now, thank you very much for this post! I’m looking forward to tasting them in the evening!

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15 Jorja Alcorn February 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

I love to juice beet with its leaves but I’ll try to make this recipe. I’ll compare if they taste like kale chips. Thanks for sharing.

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16 Aqiyl Aniys February 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

Wow I would never have thought about doing anything with beet greens. I have to give this a try.

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17 jacqueline sammut April 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

Can you use spinach leaves?

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18 White on Rice Couple May 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

We haven’t tried yet, but they should work fine. You might have to adjust baking times or temp if it doesn’t come out right the first time.

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19 Linda Staffero May 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

I added a sprinkle of smoked paprika to balance the more bitter flavor of the greens and liked them much better.
I found 350 to be too hot…so, I bumped down to 325.

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20 Cindy June 29, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hi, I love this idea. My question is more about beet gardening. I noticed that you guys grew beets in a container very similar to what i used. I was wondering how many beets were you able to grow and how long did it all take?

Thank You!
Cindy

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21 White on Rice Couple July 1, 2014 at 8:15 am

I’d guess about 20 beets or so in the barrels. As far as time goes, we honestly don’t know. It is something we’ve never kept track of. Half the time we forget when we even plant the seeds.

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22 Anna Pieta August 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Wow! These are really delicious and I think even better than kale chips. They don’t seem as bitter and they certainly didn’t have the same smell as kale when baking. Very yummy, thank you!

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23 Fallon September 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

OH my! How did I not think of this, I roast my beets all of the time, sprinkle salt, olive oil, and chipotle chili powder on them to make beet chips, after slicing of course. I always wonder what I could do with the greens but throw them away….these are going on a different rack from now on.

Waste not. Enjoy much.

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