Harvard Beets

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Harvard Beets


Quantity Ingredients
2 bunches beets with tops (2 pounds)
3 small red onions (1 pound), not peeled
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 tbsp fresh parsley


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Trim all but 1 inch of stems from beets. Place beets and onions in nonstick oven-safe 10-inch skillet (if skillet is not oven-safe, wrap handle with double layer of foil) or in 13- by 9-inch baking pan; drizzle with oil. 3. Roast, shaking skillet occasionally, until onions have softened and beets are tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes, transferring vegetables to plate as they are done. 4. In same skillet, combine broth, vinegar, brown sugar and thyme; heat to boiling over high heat. Boil, stirring and scraping bottom of skillet, until vinegar mixture is dark brown and syrupy and has reduced to about 1/4 cup, 5 to 7 minutes; stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat. 5. When cool enough to handle, peel beets and onions. Cut beets into 1/4-inch wide matchstick strips and onions into thin rounds; place in bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables and toss until coated. Sprinkle with parsley. Nutrition Information Per Serving: 103 calories, 5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 203 mg sodium.

Source: homecooking.about.com.