Sous Vide Beets
Why This Recipe Works
You can't go wrong with good old steamed or oven-roasted beets. But sous vide is a powerful tool: It can elevate the humble beet to a tastier, more intensely flavored vegetable. Cooking beets in a sealed bag helps with flavor penetration; we found that the aromatics and seasoning we put in the bag with the beets seeped to their core. Because there was no moisture loss due to evaporation, the beets also stayed juicy. Because we didn't have to cook the beets in water, all those natural juices that accumulated during cooking remained and concentrated in the bag. Throw in some oil and a little sherry vinegar? We effectively created a ready-to-go vinaigrette. Last but certainly not least, cooking beets sous vide produced perfectly uniform, perfectly cooked texture from end to end (no easy task!).