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Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets

January/February 2009

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Try a sweet glaze on beets or other root vegetables to help balance their earthy flavor. This easy recipe will work with steamed carrots, turnips or rutabaga too.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Loved this. I usually roast my beets so this was a different way to cook them. They took 20-25 minutes to steam but I doubled the recipe and had a big mound of beets. No oranges or orange juice so I used Cointreau. Also used the same...
Brown Sugar-Glazed Beets Recipe

Makes: 6 servings, about 1/2 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups steamed cubed beets, 1/2- to 1-inch cubes (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Combine brown sugar, orange juice, butter, salt and pepper in a large nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until the sugar and butter are melted and starting to bubble. Stir in beets and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the beets are coated with glaze, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: How to Prep & Steam Beets: Trim greens (if any) and root end; peel the skin with a vegetable peeler.
  • Cut beets into 1/2- to 1-inch-thick cubes, wedges or slices.
  • To steam on the stovetop: Place in a steamer basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a large pot. Cover and steam over high heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To steam in the microwave: Place in a glass baking dish, add 2 tablespoons water, cover tightly and microwave on High until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • No time to prep? Look for Melissa's brand Peeled Baby Red Beets in the produce section of many supermarkets. They're peeled, steamed and ready to eat and contain far less sodium than their canned counterparts.

Nutrition

Per serving: 74 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 164 mg sodium; 276 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (18% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1/2 fat


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