Brilliant ruby red and deeply flavored, these pickled beets will make your fall salads a lot more exciting – if you can resist eating them straight from the jar. Don’t worry about the amount of sugar called for here – it’s actually less than a lot of recipes call for, and you’re not drinking the liquid (well maybe you are, but that’s your little secret!)
They’re particularly great in an arugula salads and grain salads (barley, farro, quinoa). For a shocking pink presentation, stir pickled beets into yogurt. Give it a Mediterranean twist by adding garlic and olive oil. Or add some cumin, cilantro and a chopped serrano pepper and you’ve got beet raita like I served with last weekend’s Indian dinner.
These pickled beets will keep about a month in the refrigerator, but eat them within a week because they get very overpickled!
3 pounds medium beets, greens removed (leave a half inch of stem)
2 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
6 bay leaves
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Put the beets in a saucepan, cover with water and boil for about 25-30 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain, rinse in cold water, peel and cut into chunks.
Bring the remaining ingredients – except the onion – to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Layer the beets and onions into four pint (or two quart) jars, and pour the liquid over. Let cool before covering the jars. Refrigerate for two days before eating.