Uncle Bill's Beets & String Beans in a Cream Sauce

"This is a delightful and light side dish with any dinner meal. It took me 2 attempts to come up with this delightful dish. It is also very good served on a slice of Italian or French bread. With all the fresh veggies that are in the markets now, this is a good time to make this recipe. The 30 minutes time is for boiling the beets and beans."
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  • In a medium sized saucepan, add whole beets, (Do not cut the top or bottom of the beets.).
  • Snip the ends off the string beans and discard, then add them to the saucepan with beets. Cover with hot water and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to a strong simmer, place lid on saucepan and cook the beans for 10 minutes. Remove beans into a mixing bowl and cover with cold water; set aside.
  • Continue to cook the beets for an additional 20 - 25 minutes or just until you can pierce the beets with a fork; do not overcook.
  • Immediately drain the beets and cover with cold water, drain and cover again with cold water and let sit for 3 minutes.
  • Cut the tips and bottom of the beets, peel the skins and discard.
  • Cut the beets into quarters and then slice them to about 1/8 inch thick slices.
  • In a large frying pan, melt butter on medium-high heat.
  • Add the sliced beets and stir to coat with butter.
  • Cut the beans in half and add to the frying pan stirring to coat with butter.
  • Saute' the beets/beans for 8 minutes, mixing often.
  • Add the sugar, salt, granulated garlic powder, dried dill weed and whipping cream, stirring to coat beets/beans.
  • Continue to simmer uncovered for another 3 to 5 minutes or until a nice creamy sauce begins to form and thicken slightly.
  • Serve as a side dish or over a slice of bread.
  • NOTE: You can also use yellow string beans.
  • It takes about 6 - 1 1/2" diameter beets for 12 ounces.
  • It takes about 16 - 6" long beans for 6 ounces.

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  1. Two of my favourite things to eat beets and green beans. This went perfectly with my leftover ham, I wish i had the recipe one day earlier, then I could have enjoyed this two days in a row. Will be a regular in my kitchen.
  2. Wow, I can't express how yummy this is! A wonderful beet dish that I feel is too special to be a mere side. I will continue to serve it up as a main dish with french bread in the future. The only change I made was to use sour cream (diluted with a bit of milk) in place of the whipping cream so as to avoid a run to the store. Worked great. Thanks Uncle Bill!


I live in Burnaby, British Columbia. I am retired and have written a cookbook entitled, From Uncle Bill's Kitchen. I am a recipe developer, author, publisher, distributor and a chef. My cookbook is very unique as I have a Nutrient Analysis for each ingredient used in each recipe that shows you the values for Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. A high-lighted bar shows the values on a per serving basis plus the Fat/Cal%. From Uncle Bill's Kitchen contains tried-and-true, tested, easy to follow reipes for both novice and experienced cooks. You'll find old Russian, Ukrainian, and other ethnic favorites, along with modern West Coast dishes. The Nutrient Analysis will please the health conscious. Uncle Bill's favorite recipes will reward efforts of the most creative cook and provide the family with many tantalizing, healthful meals. I have appeared on 48 various Television Shows in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamploops, B.C. Canada, as well as in Palm Springs, CA. In Palm Springs, CA, I have been a Guest on the JACKIE OLDEN RADIO SHOW and THE JOEY ENGLISH RADIO SHOW, twice a year since 1998. I also do demo cooking shows at CHAPTERS BOOK STORES, SAVE-ON-FOOD STORES, GALLOWAY'S FOODS, WESTMINSTER PUBLIC QUAY MARKET, and in the U.S. at BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES in Palm Springs, CA, Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. I was in Palm Springs, CA from June 10th to July 14th. 2002 and again appeared twice on the Jackie Olden Show, twice on the Joey English Show and pre-taped a TV COOKING SHOW with Jackie Olden that is aired on TV from Palm Springs, CA to Los Angeles, CA.
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