Sweet and Sour Beets

"These are pretty much like Harvard beets, you can use canned beets slices (use one can) for this, or fresh cooked beets, I prefer the fresh cooked! also adjust the sugar to taste. You can double this recipe if desired, don't omit the orange zest, it really adds a kick to the beets!"
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  • In a bowl mix together the sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in a little of the wine or vinegar to make a smooth paste.
  • Slowly drizzle in the remaining wine or vinegar and the water (adding all the liquid at once can produce lumps in the cornstarch).
  • Transfer the mixture to a saucepan; cook over low heat stirring and scraping bottom of the pan often.
  • Cook until liquid is clear (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in cooked beets, butter and orange zest; stir until the beets are heated through.
  • Season with black pepper is desired.

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  1. loonydaycarelady
    Very good! I used the instant pot for the beets and the microwave for the sauce. Used some orange peel and orange essence. Thank you! My family likes this better than pickled.
  2. christineanne68
    LOVE this recipe! So Delicious! I did omit the orange since I didn't have any on hand, doubled the sauce as well as used fresh organic beets. NO HFCS like the jarred shelved kind! Thank You:)
  3. LaRae101
    Best sweet & sour beet recipe I have ever tasted! <br/>You do not want to leave out the orange zest. This<br/>is a simple & amazing recipe. I used fresh baby beets from our garden.
  4. Annacia
    Pretty much a good Harvard recipe. Quick, easy and tastes great. I took the orange one more step and used orange juice for the water. Used fresh beets that I then diced as per DH's preference. Yummm
  5. kittycatmom
    Wonderful recipe! I used fresh beets. After a quick zmail to KITTEN I know that cooking beets is as EASY as cooking potatoes. Boil until fork tender. I left mine un-peeled and the skin just fell off! This was a wonderful additional to our holiday ham dinner. I had to use rice wine vinegar because that was all I had, just delicious! DO add the orange zest, it adds a wonderful depth to the flavor. Thanks Kitten for another wonderful addition to our family meal.



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