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Red Beets

bietjes click to hear 2
Feeds three or four
Traditionally sour, with vinegar, but I prepare it with honey and orange juice. The dinner guests that I've offered it to are often surprised that beets can be this good.
[uncooked beets]
[beets leaves in bike pannier]
[cooked beets on plate with potatoes and
  boiled egg]
[cooked beets on plate with potatoes, spinach and
  boiled egg]
[beets with spinach]
for three or four
Start about two hours before dinner
  1. Cut the leaves off at about ½ inch, 1 or 2 cm from the beet - not too close because then the beets will 'bleed out,' and don't yet cut out bad parts on the beets for the same reason
  2. Wash the beets and put in a large pan, beets should be covered with water, under water;
  3. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook for an hour and 15 minutes (very fresh beets can go a little shorter;)
  4. Shortly before the beets are ready put honey and orange juice in a skillet, sprinkle marjoram over it, add bacon (break strips in four of five pieces) and heat up slowly;
    (if starting with raw bacon fry it beforehand in that skillet, drain grease before adding honey and orange juice;)
  5. Take two or three beets out of the pan with a slotting spoon, put in a colander and rub off the skins under running cold water, cut off tops, bottoms and bad parts, and then put beets on a deep plate;
    (be careful with the beets' cooking water, it can leave stains;)
  6. In batches of two or three cut skinned beets in 3 or 4 slices, then cut those slices in 4, 6 or 9 pieces and add to the honey/orange juice, cook slowly for ten or fifteen minutes
  7. Serve with potatoes and boiled eggs
Spinach goes well with this dish
Bietjes en spinazie passen goed bij elkaar click to hear 'Red beets and spinach go together well, are a good fit'
  1. Put spinach in a large pan (with lid;)
  2. Bring 2 cups, ½ water to a boil, pour over spinach, cover, put on high heat for 12 minutes;
  3. Drain spinach into colander, press out some more water with a wooden spoon;
  4. Put cooked spinach in a bowl, add butter and nutmeg, and some wheat bran when it's still watery;
  5. boiled eggs go well with spinach
Instead of spinach, you could cook the beet leaves, but it's a lot of work to cut out the large veins and cut up the leaves - boil for ten minutes
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