CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Candied beets
Recipe by Charlotte Culinary Expert Heidi Billotto
For the beets:
2 large or 3-4 small organic beets, trimmed and peeled
Zest of 2 lemons and 1 orange
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
Peel and slice small beets in half, slice large beets into 1/2-inch thick rounds,
Combine the beets, citrus zest, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the beets are soft.
Transfer the beets and cooking liquid to a bowl or other container; Let the beets cool in the liquid, then refrigerate until needed.
For refreshing summer holiday cocktail - Blend the beet syrup with vodka and splash of lime.