Rating: 4.63 stars
168 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 126
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

This is my Grandma's recipes for tangy, sweet Harvard Beets. I have tried other recipes, but none are as flavorful as hers.

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Ingredients

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

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  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minute. Add the beets to the liquid, and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Stir in butter, salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Serve warm or chilled.

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Nutrition Facts

185 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 33.7g; fat 5.9g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 328.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (133)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2008
Outstanding! Family loved them, no leftovers! Bought some fresh beets today and came home and went to All Recipes for some ideas on what to do with them. Tried this recipe,cut back to 1/3 cup sugar and threw in some cloves and cinnamon as I remembered those flavors from my mother's beets. This is a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2005
Wow these beets were sweet. I should have known when I put all of that sugar in the pan that something didn't look right. This recipe seems to be something that is prepared for a group that doesn't like the taste of beets. I won't make this recipe again but if I were going to I would cut the sugar down to about 1/4 cup or less. Read More
(24)
168 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 126
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2008
Outstanding! Family loved them, no leftovers! Bought some fresh beets today and came home and went to All Recipes for some ideas on what to do with them. Tried this recipe,cut back to 1/3 cup sugar and threw in some cloves and cinnamon as I remembered those flavors from my mother's beets. This is a keeper. Read More
(147)
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2009
I used this for fresh beets. Peel and cut 6 medium beets and steam in a steamer basket for 25 min. Reserve 2T of the red water and add to a 4 cup glass measure combine 1/4 C sugar, 2 tsp cornstarch, 2T cider vinegar and cook in microwave for 2 min. Whisk in 3T melted butter and cook in microwave 1 more minute. Add beets to 2.5 qt casserole and pour sauce on top. Good hot or cold. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2005
Outstanding flavor. My guests were crazy over the Harvard Beets and had to share the recipe and All Recipe Web site so they would leave me alone. Needless to say, there were no left overs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2008
We all think our own Grandma's recipes are the best don't we? And you are so right. These are superb! I used fresh beets which I had precooked and then reheated in the sauce as it simmered. Best Harvard beets I have ever had. The butter was the crowning touch. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/27/2005
Wow these beets were sweet. I should have known when I put all of that sugar in the pan that something didn't look right. This recipe seems to be something that is prepared for a group that doesn't like the taste of beets. I won't make this recipe again but if I were going to I would cut the sugar down to about 1/4 cup or less. Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2006
These are really good but too much sugar cut down to 1/3 cup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2010
Let me be clear here first of all.....I simply do not like beets...at all. In my mind there is a certain "ick" factor about red slimy veggies. But my hubby absolutely loves the stuff so I decided to make it for him. First of all it came out nice and thick but not too thick even though I forgot to put in the butter salt and pepper at the end. Quite frankly it didn't need it. Second of all because I love my hubby I agreed to try it. You know it's actually pretty good. My hubby went wild over it. The only other thing I did different (aside from forgetting the butter and salt and pepper that is) was I used the beet juice like others here recommended. I'll make it again for sure....AND maybe even eat some myself. A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2005
I trimed the calories on this by using Splenda instead of sugar and margarine instead of butter. Doubled the recipe as this was not enough to really cover the beets. My husband doesn't like beets but he loved these. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2008
I just made these beets. They were very good however next time I think I will use less sugar and a tad more vinegar. Read More
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