Old-fashioned Flavored Beets


Flavored Beets in serving dish

Beets are a perfect vegetable. They are colorful, tasty, high in fiber, and nutritious. They are a good source of folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.

I recently came across a hundred-year-old recipe for Flavored Beets. When I read the ingredient list, the Flavored Beets sounded a lot like the Harvard Beets that my mother made in my youth, so I decided to give the recipe a try.

The Flavored Beets turned out wonderfully. This recipe is a keeper. The delightful sweet sour sauce was lovely, and worked perfectly to enhance the rich, earthy flavor of the beets. The sauce was not as thick as I remember the Harvard Beet sauce my mother made, but the taste was very similar.

Here’s the original recipe:

recipe for flavored beets
Source: Good Housekeeping’s Book of Recipes and Discoveries

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Flavored Beets

  • Servings: 3 - 4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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2 cups sliced, cooked beets (I boiled, then sliced 4 medium beets – though canned beets would also work.)

3/4 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter

Put the cornstarch and vinegar in a saucepan; stir until smooth. Add sugar and salt, and bring to a boil using medium heat while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes while continuing to stir. Add butter, and stir until melted. Add beets, and reheat until the beets are hot while gently stirring. Serve


32 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Flavored Beets

  1. Beets are ready for harvest in my garden – both of us enjoy beets – hubby likes them pickled, and I like them in chocolate beet cupcakes! I think I’ll try this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner this coming weekend.

  2. These were called pickled beets at my house, growing up. My dad made them and he and one of my sisters would eat them all. I think I’d like them now, but did not then!

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