Sweet and Tangy Beets Recipe
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Sweet and Tangy Beets Recipe

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Fresh beets are delicious when combined with aromatic spice and a hint of orange. These ones have the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 pounds small fresh beets, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole cloves

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup beets equals 214 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 344 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Place beets in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Mix sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in orange juice and vinegar. Pour over beets; dot with butter.
  2. Place cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with string. Place bag in slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until tender, 7-8 hours. Discard spice bag. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Harvard Beets in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2011, p67

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