Sweet & Sour Beets Recipe
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Sweet & Sour Beets Recipe

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The slight sweet-sour flavor and hint of orange found in every bite make these beets hard to resist. They’re a must on my family’s Christmas menu.—Dottie Kilpatrick, Wilmington, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-3/4 pounds whole fresh beets
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 165 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Place beets in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool slightly. Peel and quarter beets; keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in marmalade and butter until melted. Reduce heat to low. Add beets; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sweet & Sour Beets in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2009, p48

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