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Caramelized Onions and Beets Recipe

As retired farmers, my husband and I enjoy delicious, down-home foods. These onions and beets have just the right amount of sweetness, so they complement a variety of main dishes.—Violet Klause, Onoway, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 pounds whole fresh beets (about 12 medium), trimmed and cleaned
  • 6 medium onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine or cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place beets in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for 35-40 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; cool slightly. Peel and quarter beets; set aside.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onions in butter until tender; add sugar and vinegar. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring frequently.
  • 3. Add the beets, salt, pepper and reserved cooking liquid to skillet; cover and cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 95 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 1 vegetable, 0 fat.

Reviews for Caramelized Onions and Beets

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annrms 253593
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"I'll gladly jump on the 5 star train for this recipe. We loved the sweet yet tangy taste. Will make again and put it on my keeper list!"

sgronholz 241760
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"What an outstanding way to serve beets! We loved the sweet flavor and I look forward to making this recipe again and again!"

Helem 165367
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"The absolute best beet recipe! I have made this once a week all summer."

dmgentile 181178
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"great way to cook beets!!!!"

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