Through the guidance of both Jen and Kelsey I took on my own challenge to once again prove the real thing is the best thing. Here is the process I used to roast the beets I purchased at the Brewster, NY farmer's market.
Step one: Preheat oven to 375
Step two: Take fresh beets and remove the leaves (many people save the leaves to create other dishes, but during this experiment I didn't save the green
Step three: Scrub the skin and cut off the root ( do not be surprised if you see a little beet juice when you cut the root)
Step three: Pull out aluminum foil and place beets on top. Coat beets in EVOO and add salt and pepper as pictured.
Step four: Wrap beets in the aluminum foil as pictured.
Step five: Let cook about an hour or until beets are soft.
Step six: When beets are soft use the aluminum to "scratch" off the skin.
End result looks like:
Use beets however you please. I added them to salads throughout the week. One way you can could make uses the beets is with oranges and goat cheese and dress with an orange dressing.
As mentioned, I have learned the important lesson that the real thing is worth the work. The only thing I would do differently next time is to wrap each beet individually. I think that will help when taking off the skin.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please make sure you send me your own stories on roasting beets.