Mapled Beets with Apple-Orange Salsa and Bacon Lardons

February 24, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 1 (but can easily be expanded for more)
Author Notes

Years ago as one of my go-to comfort foods, I would roast beets and later saute them in butter and maple syrup. Just thinking about the texture and flavor still makes me relax into contentment. I don't make beets as much these days as my husband belongs to the forming club of spouses and significant others who hates beets. But I thought MAYBE this recipe would tempt him if I updated it a bit. I mean who can resist maple syrup, butter and bacon?? I kept the warming maple syrup and butter from my original approach, and added apple, oranges and bacon for a total great burst of flavor with the beets. I told him to think of the beets as burgandy pancakes.... let's just say he wasn't going for it. But I hope all you beet lovers out there enjoy this one! I have more beets to cook up and I'm doing this recipe all over again tonight. —TheWimpyVegetarian

What You'll Need
  • 4 small beets, peeled (if you have medium sized beets, quarter or slice them before roasting)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, enough to coat the beets
  • orange juice from 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 slice bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1/8 Granny Smith apple (or other tart apple), peeled and brunoise diced
  • 1 thin slice orange, peeled and brunoise diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (a splash)
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice (a splash)
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. You don't have to peel the beets before roasting, but I use a potato peeler and it's worked quite well. If the beets are larger, quarter them or slice them before putting them in foil packets for faster cooking. Place the beets in a foil packet. Pour the maple syrup and orange juice over them and lightly salt. Toss the beets to cover well; seal the packets with 2 pieces of foil and roast for about an hour, until tender. Set aside.
  2. Fry the bacon lardons over medium heat until crispy. Drain and set aside.
  3. Drain the bacon grease from the pan, add 1/2 Tablespoon butter and saute the apple over medium heat until just tender (you don't want mush!), about 3 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add the orange brunoise and lightly toss. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Open the foil packets, remove the beets - reserving the liquid, and slice. In a saute pan, melt the rest of the butter over medium-low heat, add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and orange juice and stir to combine. Add the beets and the reserved beet juice. Gently simmer until the liquid becomes a syrupy consistency, about 10-15 minutes. Add salt to taste, if needed.
  5. Serve the beets on a plate, drizzling the syrup over them. Top with the apple - orange brunoise salsa and finish with a sprinkling of bacon lardons.
  6. Enjoy!!!! These are seriously delicious.

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  • gingerroot
  • dymnyno
  • Lizthechef
  • aargersi
  • TheWimpyVegetarian

8 Reviews

gingerroot September 30, 2011
I missed this the first time...another wonderful sounding (and beautiful) beet recipe, ChezSuzanne!
TheWimpyVegetarian September 30, 2011
Thanks gingerroot!! It's really so good - but my husband wouldn't even try it. Sigh.
dymnyno November 16, 2010
Oh! I love this recipe! How does your Dr. Husband feel about bacon, butter and maple syrup?? (he looks pretty healthy)
TheWimpyVegetarian November 16, 2010
You've just made his day with your comment about looking pretty healthy! He's trying hard to lose some weight going into the holiday season. Bacon, butter and maple syrup are some of his favorite foods in the whole world. But no amount of them is going to make him come within 10 feet of a beet :-).
Lizthechef November 16, 2010
Gosh, sweet/salty/sour - great flavor combo here. We love beets at our house, although it took me 40 years to learn to eat them. No going back now.
TheWimpyVegetarian November 16, 2010
Thanks Liz! And I just realized they are NOT vegetarian. I keep thinking of bacon as a vegetable :-). So I'm removing from this contest if I can figure out how to do it....
aargersi February 24, 2010
YUM! They sound awesome - I love trying to trick the BHH (beet hating husband) into eating burgundy pancakes :-) My husband does not like pancakes, either!
TheWimpyVegetarian February 25, 2010