Wednesday, October 22, 2008

That Silly Dexter! Cutting Up Bad People Again...

I bet you would never guess that this post is about pickled beets. Oh yeah. Not the soggy, nasty, store-bought kind that you only see at salad bars in restaurants...but real home-made pickled beets. There is a big difference so don't write off these little guys until you try this super easy pickled beets recipe.

Now as you can see, here is the recipe written out by my mother-in-law. As you can also see, this is what happens to the recipe written out by my mother-in-law when there is a baby and a dog in the house. When one drops something...the other one is right there to pick it up. I swear they are working together to drive me crazy.

And here are the beets! Ugly little things but the do cook up quite nicely. Cut the tops off and put them in a pot of boiling water. Cook until a potato.

Now this is where The whole "Dexter" reference comes in. Scary, morbid, crazy right? To really understand what I am talking about, you have to watch the opening credits of the show. (For those of you that never will watch Dexter, click here.) We just happened to be watching season 2 when I made these beets.

Pickled Beets

Courtesy of my mother-in-law Linda Joseph

Yield: 2 quarts of sliced beets

8-10 medium sized beets
1 cup water
1/2 water
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Trim greens off of beets. Wash and place in pot of boiling water. Cook until tender and can be easily pierced by a fork (mine took about 25 minutes).

Trim and peel beets. Slice and place into quart jars. (You can play around with the thickness of your slices...just depends on how much beet you can take.)

Stir together, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, cloves, and cinnamon in a small pot just until heated through. Divide and pour into jars over beets.

Let stand over night and enjoy!

1 comment:

The City Sage said...

These look like they would make awesome Christmas gifts...such a festive color and all my relatives are Estonian so they are SUPER into beets. For sure going to have to try this one....

Dexter is on our list of shows to watch. We just finished this hilarious series from Australia that I think would be right up your alley- kind of like 'The Office' meets high school...I should burn the DVD's and mail them to you (OMG! Mail! Stamps! Post offices! Unheard of! :)