Simmered Sweet and Tangy Beetroot

This was a culinary experiment that turned out really yummy.  Since it was an experiment, there is no exact recipe.  If you love beets for their innate sweetness, then you might enjoy this culinary creativeness.

This dish is made somewhat sweeter and spicier by simmering the beets with mandarin oranges in brewed licorice tea.

I dry roasted the beets first because I was planning on just eating them roasted, but after 45 minutes in an oven at 425 degrees they still weren't very tender.  That's when I decided that beets would be good simmered in the sweet spiciness of the licorice tea.

The licorice tea that I have has a combination of licorice root, cinnamon bark, orange peel, ginger root, cardamom seed, black pepper, clove bud, natural tangerine flavor, and natural cinnamon oil.  Sounds like those spices would be a good combination with beets, right?  It sounded good to me at least.

I don't know what made me want to boil these beets with orange juice--maybe I was craving something sweet and tangy.  But, I didn't have any orange juice anyway.  I ended up using three mandarin oranges that needed to be eaten soon.

For this recipe, I used:
Those 2 huge beets that I got in our last organic haul, cubed.
5 licorice tea bags

2 - 3 cups water
3 mandarin oranges, peeled and separated into sections

After the beets were softened a little bit from the roasting, I pulled them out of the oven.

I boiled the water in a large pot and then turned the burner off.  I added the licorice tea bags and let them steep for 10 minutes.

Once the tea was steeped, I added the beets and oranges and brought it to a boil. Then, I reduced the heat to low, covered the pot and simmered for 30 minutes.

The beets were so tender, with just the right amount of sweetness, tartness and spiciness.

I topped mine with some chopped walnuts.  Since this made so much, I'll use the rest in green smoothies today or tomorrow.

If you like beet recipes, you might also like my
recipe for One-handed Sweet and Spicy Roasted Beets and Carrots

Do you like beets and what is your favorite way to eat them?

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