Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Retro Recipe Challenge-Pickled Beets with eggs

Taking part in Laura Rebecca's Kitchen's "Retro Recipe Challenge #2" made me think of Picnics in Indiana in the '50s. So I searched the old cook books for something appropriate. This is from my mother-in-law Ann's "Better Homes and Gardens new cook book" printed in 1953.

I couldn't bear to make the Crown roast of Spam with potatoes so I thought I'd do the beets as I remember our mom bringing them to picnics when I was a kid.

I brought them to a 4th of July BBQ and no one really got into them. Oh well, I like them though I had to tweek the recipe a bit, don't I always!

Pickled Beets
About four medium cooked beets, and reserved cooking liquid
1 cup vinegar
1 cup cooking liquid
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Heat to boiling and pour over 2 cups sliced cooked beets. Let stand overnight.

I added the eggs but could not find a recipe for them.
Remove beets and add about six hard-cooked eggs. Refrigerate overnight. Serve together.

Now this recipe was not sweet enough for my taste so I added more sugar.


wheresmymind said...

I was watching Ming Tsai over the weekend and he had 1000 year old eggs...I thought "hrm...those look super gross!" lol Beet-eggs I might try :)

maltese parakeet said...

the 1000 year old eggs don't taste as bad as you think, but i definitely had to close my eyes when eating them because they look awful! mooncrazy will tell you, however, that i gave those beet eggs a wide berth at the 4th of july party!

Laura Rebecca said...

Yay! Thank you for the submission!

Lea said...

I ADORE century eggs... use em any chance I get (like in my zhou - rice poridge, or in pork dumplings) mmmmm!!!

I saw eggs like your beet eggs actually just the other day in the newest issue of Eating healthy.... 'cept they were more pink than purple. =)

doodles said...

I think if you like eggs and you like beets you would like this........but sister moon and I had the discussion that the reason some folks won't eat pickled beets and eggs is the color the eggs - they are pink. But being the odd one I like them.
talk about retro......these beets and ma's potato salad - yummm

Annie said...

That is an awesome picture. I've actually never tried them, but I would have tried one of yours. They look very artistic
Btw, I just linked you :)

mooncrazy said...

Annie, thanks for the comment and the link. We can do the same.