Finnish Beet Salad

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Total Time
15 mins
45 mins

Beets are used a lot in Russian and Finnish cooking. This has a sweet and sour flavor that is very enjoyable. For a little crunch, garnish with cooked, crumbled bacon. If you don't have fresh beets, you may use store boughten canned beets, whole or chunked. I wouldn't recommend the sliced beets, as they crumble too easily.

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  1. Cut off beet tops, leaving about 2" left in place.
  2. Heat water and salt to boiling and add beets.
  3. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cover and cook about 45 minutes.
  5. Remove hot beets and plunge into a sink full of icy cold water.
  6. Slip off the beet skins and root end.
  7. Cut beets into 1/4" chunks.
  8. In medium saucepan, mix brown sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.
  9. Stir orange juice in gradually, while whisking to combine the cornstarch mix.
  10. Cook slowly, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and boiling.
  11. Stir in beets and heat until hot.
  12. Serve immediately.