A citrus glaze is a great way to enhance the natural flavor of beets. This is a great way to use beets when they're plentiful at the farm market or from your home garden. They're great in the winter, too. Serve this simple preparation warm or at room temperature.
Serves: 4 to 6
- 6 medium beets (or any size, as long as it adds up to about 2 pounds),
red or golden, or half of each
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped, or 1 whole head
shallots, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ⅔ cup fresh orange juice
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Grated orange zest for garnish, optional
- Chopped fresh dill, cilantro, or other herb for garnish
To microwave the beets: Leave on an inch of the beets’ stalks, and place in a deep casserole dish with about 2 inches of water. Cover and microwave for 12 minutes. Check the beets (they should be easily pierced with a knife, but still firm), and if necessary, microwave them a bit longer.
To cook the beets: Rinse the beets and cut away all but an inch of the stalks. Combine in a large deep saucepan with water to cover; bring to a boil, then simmer until just tender. How long this will take varies greatly upon the size of the beets; start checking after about 20 minutes, but don’t poke too many test holes into them, or they’ll bleed like crazy! When done, drain.
No matter which cooking method you use, let the beets cool (you can plunge them into a bowl of cold water to speed things up), and when cool enough to handle, peel and finely dice them.
Combine the cornstarch and vinegar in a small container and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion or shallot and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat until both are golden.
Add the orange juice to the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk in the cornstarch and vinegar mixture, stirring carefully to avoid lumps.
Stir in the diced beets. Cook over very low heat until heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with a sprinkling of dill or other fresh herb. Serve at once or cool until just warm.
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