All-American Beets
Fresh beets and orange juice create a sweet side dish that's great for getting kids to eat their vegetables.
  • Makes: 4-6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

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  • Recipe From: Illinois Partners

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Rinse the beets well, and trim the stems and roots, leaving about an inch of each. Wrap the beets individually in aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped beets on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. Unwrap the beets and slip the skins off. (Wear rubber gloves to prevent your hands from being stained.) Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Cut the beets into ¼-inch dice (about 4 cups), place in serving dish and set aside.
  5. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, crystallized ginger, vinegar, orange juice, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until the mixture is clear and thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Whisk in the butter and zest, and cook just until butter is melted.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat, and pour the sauce over the beets. Toss gently, and let cool completely before serving.

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