Question. What are badzaria?
Answer. Badzaria (Beets) are eaten boiled either warm as a vegetable, or cold as a salad. Once cooked, add a bit of oil, vinegar and finely chopped garlic to taste. Skorthalia goes extremely well with beets.
Tips and tricks on how to cook Badzaria
To remove the skin, while the beets are still hot, gently wash beets under cold running water and scrub off the outer skin.
- Cut the beet greens in smaller pieces, as shown next.
- Wash thoroughly all beets and beet greens.
- Boil the beets first for an hour with pot covered.
- Once boiling begins add 1 tbsp of salt.
- After 1 hour of boiling, add the beet stems and continue boiling for another 10 minutes or until beet stems are tender.
- After 70 minutes add the beet leafs. Boil for 5 minutes more and you are done.
- While the beets are still hot, gently wash beets under cold running water and scrub off the outer skin.
- Add oil, vinegar, salt and minced garlic to taste.
- Beets go extremely well with skorthalia (Garlic sauce or dip).
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts; How to cook Badzaria (beets) video