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Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets

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Children ask questions. Lots of them. And my daughter is no different. When she was younger, her most popular question was: “why no choco milky?” As she got older, that changed to: “why do I have to eat beets?” And as a teen, it’s been: “why do I have to do the dishes?” But, one question that has been recurring is: “which superpower do you wish you had?” And, everytime she has asked it, she has come up with a different superpower.

Last night, while we were walking through Walmart, my 17-year-old daughter threw out this question again. And, informed me that she wished she had the superpower to “mind control” people. To which my answer was “you just wanna mind control me to excuse you from dish-duty eh?”

While her answer has changed, mine has stayed the same. You see, I wish I had the superpower to clone myself! Life has a way of getting busy and messy and having a clone who would show up at my day job (in the advertising sector), and another who would run my errands, and yet another who would clean up my cooking messes, while I cooked and baked all day, why, that would take my life to a whole new level.

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Speaking of new levels, yesterday, while we were walking through the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart, I came across this new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth. As this new, textured fiber cloth was said to have “scrubbing power that made cleaning easy,” I had to bring a 2-pack of it home with me. You see, I was planning on making Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets in my trusty old skillet and I needed all the help I could get to convince my daughter that cleaning up that skillet afterward was gonna be a cinch!  

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After seeing how quickly those Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts cooked (a couple of posts ago), I figured I would bacon braise the beets too instead of baking them. Y’all, if beets aren’t your thing – y’all have got to try this recipe! Bacon + beets + cheese = tastebud heaven!
Am so not joshing! With a heavy dose of onions, garlic, and sweet potato, this Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets dish has become my daughter’s favorite way to reap the benefits of beets!

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Cleaning Your Cast Iron Skillet After Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
This cheesy, rosemary and thyme spiced, bacon braised, dish will have you reaping the benefits of beets in one heck of a tasty way!


  • 2 slices bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/8 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cheese I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar


  • Preheat brolier to 500
  • Place bacon slices in a cast iron skillet and cook till done
  • While bacon is cooking, chop the onion, garlic, sweet potato, and beets
  • Once the bacon is done, remove it from skillet and drain them
  • Pour out the bacon fat, leaving behind just that which coats the pan
  • Add in the onions and garlic and let cook for a couple of minutes over a medium flame - stirring constantly
  • Add in the sweet potatoes, beets, rosemary, thyme and chicken stock and cook covered for 7 minutes
  • Remove the cover and cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Stir the mixture well
  • Place cheese on top and broil for 2 minutes
  • Serve warm
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After dinner, she didn’t even make a fuss about cleaning up everything – including the cast iron skillet. Now, there are many different ways that people employ to keep their cast iron skillets clean. My favorite 2-step method if said cast iron skillet is badly soiled with caked on debris, is to:
1) Rub salt into the cast iron, making sure to rub of the caked on debris and then throw this out
2) Rub some coconut oil into cast iron and you are done!

*If you are squeamish about not using any water and insist on it, then, make sure to thoroughly dry your cast iron and rub it with oil.

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My daughter used the scrubbing dots technology of the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to scrub the salt into the cast iron skillet. She insisted on washing and drying the skillet with the other Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, before rubbing oil into it.

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She even cleaned off the granite counters and the stove top with the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth which did a wonderful job of scrubbing off the gunk and not scratching up the surfaces. She then helped me thoroughly dry some of the utensils I used as well, with this supercharged dish cloth. And – these Scotch-Brite® dish cloths can be machine washed and used over and over again!

These 2 packs of Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths are available in tan, coral, and navy, and at a price of $4.98, they are a steal of a deal. By the way, Walmart has $1 off instant redeemable coupons for these Scotch-Brite® dish cloths, which can be redeemed at the register upon checkout.

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  1. Ben Maclain says:

    Shashi, I wish I could able to clone myself too to delegate some boring/tedious work. I’m just a bit concerned about the fact the clone might turn out as lasy and messy as I am, haha)) I do love beets and can eat them even raw! However, mixed with sweet potatoes and cheese, this one is a perfect comfort dish I’d love to dig into right now. Well done!

  2. Hotly Spiced says:

    Clone myself – that would be handy! Last week I watched Mary Poppins on TV. When I saw how she was able to clean up the nursery with just a click of her fingers, that’s the super-power I wished for! xx

  3. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig says:

    My flatmate and I have a deal that if she cooks, I clean up. The only problem is that she is a master chef and consequently uses about 1,305 pans and dishes that I spend an hour scrubbing. These would come in handy! haha

    As a side note, I had no idea you had a day job as well. I’m all the more impressed that you have the time to come up with all of these amazing recipes!

  4. I need these scotch brutes! I have a skillet that just won’t come clean after making coconut scones in. Who would think coconut would stain so badly?

  5. Heck, I still ask “why no choco milky”? Haha! Just kidding. We just spent the weekend with my sister and her 2-year-old, and I think I am scarred for life. I also need adult words again! I’m digging this braised beets idea here! I don’t think I’ve ever made braised beets…but they look (and sound) delicious. I do love my cast iron skillet. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces of cookware. Thanks for sharing the cleaning tips, my friend! 🙂

  6. I use salt for my cast iron skillet, too, and I’m love these cleaning cloths! Today, I wish my super power was to make this lovely dish appear in front of me — It looks amazing! The colors and the flavors…nice!

  7. Michelle says:

    I’ll admit that I’m not a beet fan, but the rest of them are all my faves. Maybe this is the way I can make it and enjoy it since my husband loves beets! And THANK you for cleaning your cast iron pan correctly. It always pains me to see people using soap on theirs 😉 #client

  8. Hey Shashi – I LOVE these tips on how to clean my cast iron better. I am “one of those” who uses the salt. Looks like I will be headed to Walmart to pick up some Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths! Anything to make life easier. Like clones. I’m with you. I would have a whole lot more “me time” if I had a few clones too. An octopus would be equally acceptable, six more arms would be super useful I’m thinking. (Might be hard clothes shopping….) Not to mention, they’re quite intelligent creatures and I could use a few more gray cells as replacements for the ones I lost at each birth. And… the beets look absolutely delish. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK my friend. XOXO

  9. Great way to serve beets, so creative and delicious. I am one that uses soap and water on my cast iron but that cloth looks like it would come in handy next time I’m in the store I’ll look for one.

  10. Hmmm I’m not sure what super power I would want to have. I’d love to be able to fly or teleport. But mind control and cloning yourself are pretty excellent options too! 😉 Wait, okay, maybe I’d like the superpower to eat whatever I want and never gain weight without working out. Then I’d be able to eat these amazing cheesy bacon braised beets on repeat!! Winning! I love beets, but add some bacon and cheese? OMG. YESS! These look all sorts of delicious, Shashi!! Cheers, dear!

  11. Ashley says:

    Beets are already a favorite of mine but with bacon and cheese?? I mean, c’mon!! Sounds fantastic!! Hope you had a great weekend Shashi!

  12. Marissa says:

    Shashi, these look fantastic!! You always have the absolute best beet recipes…and all of that delicious, stretchy cheese.

  13. “why no choco milky?” LOLOL. Shashi, you never fail to crack me up! So… is it okay that I still kinda think this question in my mind? 😉 <– Hey, at least I'm not saying it out loud anymore! 😉 Meanwhile, I completely feel ya when you say you sometimes wish you could clone yourself. I joke with Erik about that ALL the time. Like, can we clone just one of each of ourselves so they can go work? But then the numbers increase as we realize we need more clones to do other stuff. Haha. Thanks for a very thorough, step-by-step tutorial on cleaning a skillet after something as hard to clean as cheesy bacon braised beets! I'm gonna need to have this handy for the next time I tackle a skillet-cleaning. Hope you have an awesome week, my friend! 🙂

  14. This looks beyond yum and I’m not even really a beet fan! I’ve always used a paste of kosher salt and water to clean, mine, need to check these out, thanks!

  15. Now I cannot WAIT to get beets in my CSA – pinning this one! (And taking better care of my cast iron skillet now too 🙂

  16. Taylor Kiser says:

    This meal looks so delicious and flavorful! Also, I can’t wait to get the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths! Thanks for the heads up!

  17. Laura says:

    This sound like such a unique dish! I love all the ingredients but never would’ve thought to combine them!! YUM! 🙂 Also…those scrubbing dish cloths look like the perfect replacement to steel wool…which is harsh and leaves my hands hurting! Will definitely be looking for them the next time I go shopping! 🙂

  18. Farrah says:

    I have a skillet that’s been particularly stubborn, so I’m definitely going to have to check this out! 😀 Thank yoU! (+ that recipe looks absolutely amazing! I need to go grocery shopping!)

  19. Great tips and what a fun meal!

  20. beets and cheese sound like and amazing combo! yum!

  21. Chelsey says:

    What a great idea and twist!! Definitely going to try this at my next party!!