Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beet Candy...

...more or less. I think you could even get kids to eat this, and I know you can get husbands to eat it because I've done it myself.

Here goes:
1. Peel and trim some beets.
2. Slice them thinly cross-wise. The thinner the better because then they cook faster and caramelize better.
3. Throw a pat or two of butter in a small sauce pan over medium low heat, let it foam up, then add your beets.
4. Let them sizzle around for a little bit, preferably covered so they steam and cook faster.
5. Maybe start whatever other dinner plans you have since this could be considered dessert. I'm not joking.
6. Toss in some pine nuts.
7. Add a pinch or two of salt.
8. Then, the most important ingredient of all (other than the beets): get out your sugar and toss a handful in there.
9. Stir it around so that the sugar dissolves, and then let it cook, covered, for maybe 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how thickly you sliced your beets, until they're done but not mushy and the added sugar and natural sugar from the beets has had a chance to caramelize.

Husband picks up fork and tastes.
Husband proclaims that they're "really good".
And then the icing on the cake: HE GOES BACK FOR MORE.


I'm thinking that you might be able to omit the pinch of salt because when I first started making these beets, I had no idea what I was going to add (sugar?), so I thought salt was in order, but Husband thought the salt added a complex flavor when married with the sugar. Like sweet and salty?

I also think that this would be super tops with some caramelized sweet onions and sprinkles of Blue cheese.

I think you would be sorry if you omitted the Knob Creek, but that's really up to you.

See? Just like candy.


Sara Anthony said...

Ok, I am going to try that this weekend & report back! It looks sooo good...

Jan said...

Hi, thanks for the recipe :) I was just looking for the right sweet treats for the afternoon and I saw this site. I happen to have some beets in my fridge so I made some like these. love the taste!

Sara Anthony said...

We tried them! and loved them! I think I put a bit too much sugar - 2 tablespoons with only 3 beets. So I compensated with a bit more salt when I served it. Yum!!

scmtngirl said...

I'm so glad, Sara!

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