I love that earthy flavor also! I rarely have a good crop but I keep trying.
My favorite way to cook is in a clay cooker in the oven, plain trimmed up unpeeled whole beets with a bit of water...slip the skins and then maybe some balsamic vinegar, but usually just plain warm or cold. The greens are wonderful.
Growing up (50's and 60's) mom cooked beets with some kind of cornstarch thickener that was sweetened and maybe a little vinegar? I didn't realize how wonderful they tasted until I grew my own. Same with sweet potatoes...I think a lot of kitchens ruined sweet potatoes forever for some when they were only made into an overly sweet dish topped with marshmallows....the plainer the better for me.
Dan Boone, I wonder if I should apologize for my back to the land generation to you? Our sons have some similar stories
...many of their close friends are children of that era though so they have become a 'tribe' in themselves...lots in common.
There was not the easy availability of shared information back then and we many times had to just dig in and wing it for better or worse......