28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1

This is the perfect side dish to a holiday meal. It works well with roast turkey or pork. Can be made one day ahead, and preheated in double boiler.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Wash beets, and place in a roasting pan. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender. Set aside to cool.

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, pears, sugar, and vinegar; cook, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes.

  • When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel and coarsely chop.

  • Puree onion mixture in a food processor with metal blade. Add salt and 1/2 of the beets; pulse 4 to 5 times. Add remaining beets, and pulse 2 to 3 times.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; 19.1 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 132 mg sodium. 13 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2007
I'm just a simple country girl so this unusual combination of flavors and food was a stretch for me and my BF. Our little grocery store didn't have cranberry vinegar but I did have balsamaic raspberry vinegar which I used. I tried it after it was first pureed and couldn't decide. The flavor was unique but not unpleasant. I let it come to room temp while I made the rest of our meal and sampled it again and then couldn't stop "sampling". I really really like this (BF is still unsure). This is not your mother's canned beets! This is a "impress your friends and family" recipe. It's that good.
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2009
This was okay I guess. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.
(2)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2007
I'm just a simple country girl so this unusual combination of flavors and food was a stretch for me and my BF. Our little grocery store didn't have cranberry vinegar but I did have balsamaic raspberry vinegar which I used. I tried it after it was first pureed and couldn't decide. The flavor was unique but not unpleasant. I let it come to room temp while I made the rest of our meal and sampled it again and then couldn't stop "sampling". I really really like this (BF is still unsure). This is not your mother's canned beets! This is a "impress your friends and family" recipe. It's that good.
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
If you can try only one new recipe this year be sure to try this one! I was invited to some friends house a couple of days ago for Easter dinner. I don't know why but they said earlier they were going to serve turkey and that was just fine with me because it finally gave me a good reason to try this fantastic side dish. Everyone--including me--thought it was simply wonderful. It is far too good for any king or queen who ever lived. I will definitely make this again.
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
This is the perfect complement to roast pork chicken or turkey. So pretty on the plate. A nice alternative for those of us who don't like cranberry sauce. You can easily double or triple this recipe for larger crowds. I kept mine warm in a double boiler while I got the rest of the dinner together. Update: I made this again last year and loved it just as much as ever.
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2008
This recipe is so good! I really didn't think I liked beets. I had to use brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. It was great on the fish that I cooked.
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
I could not stop eating this. And it's absolutely gorgeous on the holiday table. (Just don't let any drip on your white tablecloth.) This recipe is a keeper!
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2006
This lick-smacking delicacy goes perfectly with pork! The color and texture are to-die-for and the flavors marry beautifully. Wow your family and friends!
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
Absolutely delicious! I was intrigued by the reviews & am so glad I tried this! The combination of flavors and the way they blend together is amazing. I had to make a few substitutions: couldn't find a vidalia onion so I used a sweet onion (not a regular yellow onion). I also couldn't find cranberry vinegar thought I had some raspberry vinegar at home but didn't so I used balsamic. And in place of butter I used a Smart Balance 50/50 stick (half butter half SB) to cut back on the fat. Otherwise I followed the recipe. This is a very unique side dish very rich wonderful texture and you can taste the different flavors as you eat it but in a subtle way as they meld together beautifully. Finally I thought it a shame to toss the beautiful greens from my beets so I found a recipe for beet greens & got another side dish out of those!
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2008
Made an excellent side as well as an interesting cracker dip
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
Very easy and very good. Loved the texture the beautiful amazing color on the plate and the blend of savory beet and subtle pear sweetness. Be warned it's very rich for a side dish. Definitely something for a special occasion.
(4)