Slow Cooker “Roasted” Beets

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Slow Cooker "Roasted" Beets

I picked up a few bunches of beets from the Farmers Market yesterday, and while I knew what I wanted to do with the greens, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do with the actual beets. I knew I wanted to roast at least some of them, but the thought of heating up the oven for an hour or more really didn’t sound too appealing in the midst of this summer heat. Then I had an idea – what if I prepared them the same way as I would to roast them in the oven, but just put them in the slow cooker for a few hours on high instead? I recently tried wrapping salmon in foil and cooking it in the slow cooker, and it was fantastic, so why not give this a shot?

Slow Cooker "Roasted" Beets

I checked them after 3 hours and they were almost tender enough, so I let them go another hour and they were absolutely perfect. They tasted just like oven roasted beets! Nice and sweet and earthy, and since I cooked them in foil, my slow cooker was clean when they were finished! They turned out great, and I think this may be my new go-to method! Success!!

Slow Cooker "Roasted" Beets

Slow Cooker “Roasted” Beets
Ashley Covelli

1 bunch beets, washed, greens trimmed off (and preferably saved to prepare this dish!)
extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper
aluminum foil

Tear pieces of foil large enough to completely enclose each beet. Lay one piece of foil underneath each beet and drizzle each with a little bit of oil, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Wrap each beet tightly in foil. You can double wrap them if they don’t completely close, this way they will cook properly and won’t make a mess in your slow cooker. Place beets inside your slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours, or until tender. Remove from foil packets and slide the skin off, if desired (I didn’t).

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

  • this is just the recipe we were searching for…now we are going to roast some beets with success,thanks for sharing 🙂

  • These look fabulous! I just love the colour of roasted beets

  • What a great idea! I’m totally going to have to try this next time I make roasted beets.

  • Vicki

    Oh geez, I didn’t know what to do this evening with the peeled yellow beets that was harvested from our garden this evening. My husband helped peeled the beets with the idea that it would help saved our time in the morning to prepare the beets for roasting for church potluck. I went online to fine answer as to how to stored peeled beets? With the black color setting in already (I’m looking at them) suddenly I decided to cut them in big chunks and threw them in the crock pot with water on the bottom and set it on low. Now I have no idea how this will turned out by the time I get up in the morning. My husband will see it first and hopefully he doesn’t wake me up in despair that using the crock pot was not a good idea. Will see about that. Night.

    • I haven’t tried this with water, but I’m curious to hear how it turned out for you! I love golden beets and haven’t ever grown my own.

  • Slimming B’Simcha

    I’m going to do this later. Looks so easy and no red hands either!
    Thanks for the tip!