Beets MePosted: June 13, 2011
While I don’t care too much for beets, I do love pickles and most pickled things. So after some gentle urging by my friend Wendy, I decided to make Pickled Red Beet Eggs. She grew up with this Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy, which combines hard boiled eggs, beets, onions and some of the usual pickling ingredients.
They’re extremely easy to make. The only hard part is waiting for them to pickle, which should take at least three days so they can really absorb the flavor of the beets.
Pickled Red Beet Eggs
– 9 hard boiled eggs, shelled
– 1 15oz can of sliced beets
– ½ of a white onion, thinly sliced
– ¼ cup of sugar
– ½ cup of vinegar
– 1 tablespoon of salt
– 1 Mason jar (or similar)
In case you don’t know how to hard boil eggs, here’s how I do it: Place the eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil. Then remove from the heat, cover and let stand for about 15 minutes. Drain, then gently run the eggs under cold water, or place them in an ice bath. When completely cool, peel off the shells. For this recipe, leave them whole.
Drain the liquid from the canned beets into a medium-sized pot. Add the sugar, vinegar and salt to the beet liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, fill the jar with some sliced beets, onions and the eggs. (Nine eggs easily fit in the jar that I had so that’s what I used.) Set aside.
Let the beet liquid cool slightly and then pour it over the beets, onions and eggs. Seal the jar and refrigerate it for at least three days. Then enjoy.
Wendy & I let the eggs pickle for 4 ½ days before trying them. We cut them in half, sprinkled a little salt (& pepper) on top and chowed down. The beet liquid dyed the eggs a soft pink color and gave them a somewhat sweet and tangy flavor.
It’s a little strange eating eggs this color – it’s like eating an unshelled Easter egg, or a plastic egg even — but they’re pretty tasty. They’d make for a fun appetizer or party snack. The pickled onions tasted pretty good too.
Also — just this morning I happened to come across an ad for something called Eggies, what they call “a system for hard boiled eggs.” According to them, hard boiling eggs is “hard work” and peeling them is “messy” and takes “all night.” It seems you crack an egg into a plastic Eggie shell and boil it. Then twist it open and your “hard boiled” egg pops out. People! Hard boiling eggs is not difficult! While peeling does require some patience, I’ve found that the trick is to wait until they’ve completely cooled. Warm-ish eggs will not peel as easily. Has anyone seen and/or used this ridiculous product?