It finally feels like spring and its time to plant your spring vegetables, harvest the early vegetables, fruit, and flowers, plus plan those early summer gatherings and picnics.
One of my favorite vegetables that I associate with both spring and summer are beets.
I absolutely love the taste of beets whether they are roasted, pickled or served fresh in a salad. Beets taste both earthy and sweet and they offer any meal a lot of added flavor. Often they are the star of a dish even if they are only served as a side dish. If I am eating out at a restaurant and beets are on the menu it is very likely that I will order the dish primarily because beets were listed in the description.
Food traditions in Central Pennsylvania are heavily influenced by the German and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage of the region. Pickled Red Beet Eggs are a traditional food item that typically shows up on the menu in many family gatherings and summer picnics. If you enjoy the taste of pickled foods you are going to love these Pickled Red Beet Eggs!
If I haven’t convinced you to try this recipe yet, below are a few more reasons you should make Pickled Red Beet Eggs for your next summer gathering.
4 Reasons To Make Pickled Red Beet Eggs For Your Next Summer Gathering
- Pickled Red Beet Eggs require you to spend very little time in the kitchen. Making these tasty pickled beets and eggs are as simple as boiling water, shelling the eggs and combining them with beets and a few other ingredients. If you don’t have a lot of time the day of a gathering to make a covered dish, Pickled Red Beet Eggs are a great option to bring instead of spending hours making a dessert or other side dish.
- Pickled Red Beet Eggs are easy to transport to a gathering. You don’t need to worry about keeping them warm while traveling to your event. Plus, because the contents are contained in a jar you do not need to worry about your food spilling along the way.
- The recipe is easy to modify based on how many people you need to serve. The ratio of ingredients in the brine is all based on a pint/15 oz can of red beets. Depending on how many you want to serve you can simply double or triple the recipe to meet your needs.
- Red Beets are high in Vitamin C and fiber and contain other essential minerals like potassium and manganese. Pickled beets are a tasty way to add healthy nutrients to your diet.
What kind of vegetables do you like to take to your summer gatherings?Print
Pickled red beet eggs are simple and easy to prepare for your next family gathering.
1/2 tsp salt
1 pint or 15 oz can of red beets
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup beet juice, reserved from jar/can of red beets
1/4 cup sugar
In a small saucepan place 4 uncooked eggs in their shell and cover with water. The water should cover the eggs by an inch. Add the salt to the water. Place the eggs in the pan on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil. When water is at a rolling boil turn off the burner and cover the pan with a lid. Let the eggs sit in the water for 12 minutes.
While the eggs are sitting in the water use another saucepan to cook your pickling brine. Combine the white vinegar, water, beet juice and sugar in the saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Turn off the burner and let brine sit while you finish the eggs.
Drain the water off the eggs and place eggs in an ice bath (ice and water in a bowl).
Peel each egg.
Layer beets and shelled eggs in a bowl or quart mason jar. Pour pickling brine over the eggs.
To impart the best flavor refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
I recommend keeping the pickled red beets and eggs cold for serving.