my dad always added beets to our salads as kids but they were canned. when i grew up (ha ha) i learned this trick. i wrap my beets individually with a little olive oil and kosher salt. i do these all the time. everyone loves them and my husband LOVES the tops. it’s his favorite thing. i like the grill tip, will try sometime.
Since it’s summer – and who wants to turn on the oven? – you can make these on the grill too. I wrap each beet individually and throw them on the grill when we are having steak or chicken, and they are usually done by the time we are done eating, so like 45 minutes or so. I don’t plan to use them at dinner, but have them ready for other meals later in the week. I like doing it this way because I’m not standing around waiting an hour or more for the beets to cook, it keeps the house cool, and we are making the most of the hot grill, since we use charcoal, and it’s a hassle to get it going!