- 2 pounds fresh beets, trimmed and peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Cut each beet into six wedges; place in a large bowl. Add oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss to coat.
- Place a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 24 in. long) in a 15-in. x 10-in. baking pan. Arrange beets on foil; fold foil around beets and seal tightly. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until beets are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, orange peel, pepper and remaining salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until mixture is syrupy and reduced to 1/3 cup. Carefully remove beets from foil; add to syrup and toss gently to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pomegranate Glazed Beets in Country Woman December/January 2013, p33
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