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Beets with Horseradish

You just never see many beets as they’re usually hiding out in the ground.  Cooks seldom serve them and actually they aren’t even talked about much in the vegetable world.  But, we love them here and pull them out of the ground to make their appearance on the dinner table often. 

Beets have been around since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  In fact, they were supposedly growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. 

In the vegetable world, beets have the highest sugar content, but have only 75 calories per cup.  They are loaded with vitamins and have many health benefits, such as combating acidosis, normalizing blood pressure, detoxifying the liver, having healing powers for gastric ulcers and gout and aiding constipation.  Regarding anemia:  the high iron content in beets regenerates red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.  And should you suffer from dandruff, mix a little vinegar to a small cup of beet juice.  Massage it into your scalp; leave it on for an hour and rinse.  Do this daily and the dandruff will soon disappear but you will smell awful!

Once you’ve tasted fresh beets at their peak in summer and early fall, you will enjoy their good taste and sweetness.  They can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted or sautéed but our favorite way of enjoying them is boiled and served with a horseradish sauce.  This is a simple recipe that’s full of flavor!

Beets with Horseradish


4-5 beets
2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons horseradish, white prepared
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste


Place beets into a deep saucepan and cover with water.
Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Turn the heat down to medium and cook 25-50 minutes until fork tender.
The cooking time depends on the size of the beets.
Pull skin off and slice.  Set aside.
In a skillet, melt butter.
Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
Place beets in skillet and toss to coat.


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and cookbook giveaway. 


  1. Try adding sliced beets to a club sandwich (lettuce, tomato, cheese, sliced turkey/ham, mayo). That's how my mom did it.

    Nice blog.

  2. I love beetroot and I love horseradish so this sounds good to me. Diane

  3. Nick, that sounds great and I'll be trying it. Thanks!

    Diane, me too! The horseradish pairs with it perfectly!

  4. Maybe the hosre radish will enhance the taste of the beets for me.


  5. Do you use horseradish from the root or bottle and if from the bottle, do you use white or red.

    I would like to try this but I want to do it the right way.

    I rarely make beets but after making a beet bread and seeing the bright color turn a nice yellow bread color, I am into experimenting with beets.

  6. I really love beets! This year I have to try them roasted. I used to make a beet and horseradish relish that was fantastic with roast beef.

  7. Chatty Crone, it's great!

    Sweet and Savory: sorry, I will go back and add that it's prepared white horseradish in a jar. The bread sounds very interesting.

    Rita, that relish sounds good and a perfect thing to go along with roast beef!

  8. This year I have become an advocate for golden beets which have the same flavour and nutrients without
    all the mess I personally associate with beets.I will eat beets anytime and with horseradish they are amped up to another level.

  9. Yum beets. That said, I don't think I've ever seen (or noticed) an actual beet in the grocery. I've only had canned ones. I will have to head out to our farmer's market and grocery today and find a beet becuase this looks wonderful!

  10. The horseradish would add some kick to the sweet beet...this sounds like a winner!

  11. Thanks for reminding me about beets. Peter and I love them, but for whatever reason don't buy them often. Your post today is going to change that! And horseradish? Absolutely (though I wouldn't have thought of it myself).

  12. As a child my mother use to use vinegar & water to rinse our hair, but not with beet juice. It made our hair so soft. Would it turn your hair red? HA

  13. Me encanta la remolacha, aquí se ve deliciosa. Saludos

  14. My mother-in-law has a ton of beets in her garden here on the ranch....I may have to try your tasty looking recipe:)

  15. Ya know I have never had beets but I'm going to have to give them a try now!

  16. THe Trout and I absolutely love beets and right now, they can be found most everywhere. We just had them last week. I usually simply roast in the oven and then slide off the peelings, slice and saute in butter with plenty of pepper and salt. Just love them. Since we are very fond of horseradish, I will try this very son. Thanks also for all the info.

  17. bellini valli, I've been reading about golden beets and will have to find them now. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom}, they're in the produce at our grocery store this time of year and even more at the farmer's markets. Try them fresh as they are much better than canned.

    Corgidogmama, you'll have to add the horseradish! It's a great taste with the beets. And a kick for sure!

    StephenC, hope you and Peter try this and enjoy it. For some reason, beets seem to be a forgotten vegetable but the markets are filled with them now.

    Dodie, lol! Well maybe it does and if you want to be a redhead for a while it would be a wonderful thing. Like your mom's hair rinse which proves that moms know best sometimes!

    jose manuel, gracias! A remolacha son deliciosas con rabano picante!

    The Wife of a Dairyman, good! Enjoy and have a good day!

  18. My husband and I love beets--pickled, in a salad, in Polish barzst (?) and just plain. When I try to give them to our children, they act like I"m trying to poison them! This recipe sounds delicious!


  19. Kirby, try them! They're very good!

    Susan, I will be trying them roasted soon. And use the horseradish then also. Thanks!

    From the Kitchen, lol with your kids! My sons were like that also when they saw beets on the the table. Since they're grown now, I serve them much more often!

  20. Claudia sent me over for your peach cake glad she did!
    Beets are something my daughter and I adore. Never thought for a minute to add some horseradish and vinegar to the mix. Great idea!

    (Copied your peach cake recipe too!)

  21. I love beets. I make them with yogurt and garlic sauce. I have never tried them with horseradish. This is a very interesting combination.

  22. I would love to try this, it sounds awesome! I cooked my first beet only a year ago and have been hooked ever since! Thanks Pam!

  23. I love beets!!! However, husband doesn't care for them too much. I order them in restaurants. Love them cold on a salad. The golden ones are awesome.


  24. Barbara, glad you like this. The peach cake is a wonderful thing! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

    Katerina, your way sounds good too. Have a good evening!

    Design Wine and Dine, they're a good thing to get hooked on. Thanks for the visit!

    Carol at Serendipity, I like them cold also on salads and will definitely be trying the golden ones soon. Hope you're having a good day!

  25. I love beets!! And these sound so yummy. Never would've thought to make them with horseradish. Great idea!

  26. Pam, they were great! Found the beets at Walmart even. After I bought the prepared horseradish and brought it home, I realized it had egg in it (my little guy is allergic to eggs). So I made a few for myself with your recipe before I moved the horseradish out of the house and made the rest just with butter and salt. Your recipe was wonderful, and I was also reminded how yummy beets are just with a little butter and salt.

    Will be making your tomatoes provencal on Thursday!

  27. Beets will soon be making an appearance in the garden so I am tucking this away for the future! Always looking for a great way to serve beets! This looks delicious!

  28. I just know it contains so much of treasures. Thanks for sharing. :)

  29. Love beets! The color and texture are just beautiful! Great post!

  30. I LOVE beets and when I make them I don't have to share. I'll have to try them with horseradish- that's a new combo for me!

  31. Love beets! Have to try them with the horseradish, we love horseradish, too! My new thing is raw, shredded beets in salad!

  32. I often feel I'm alone in my love of beets - at least in my home! I've never tried them with horseradish - what a great idea. The thyme and red wine vinegar in this recipes sounds delicoius.

  33. Thanks for the great info on beets. I must admit I have never tried to cook with them. You have convinced me to try..thanks:)

  34. Beets are delicous and nutritious. I roasted some beets last week and they were so good. I'll have to try your horseradish dressing the next time.

  35. I think beets are tasty, but what I love most is the vibrant color. Your dish just sprung off the computer. Beautiful work!

  36. I love beets of all kinds. I even like the canned pickled beets! This sounds great, thanks!

  37. Betty Ray, glad you like it and hope you try it!

    Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom}, great! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! That's interesting with the horseradish having eggs. I looked at mine and it is just horseradish, vinegar and spices, "Farmers Prepared Horseradish" by Brede, Inc. The Tomatoes Provencal is delicious! If you should be lucky and have any leftover, it's just as great!

    UrMomCooks, lucky you with the beets and I hope you give this a try!

    Little Inbox, it does! Have a good day!

    Kay Heritage, thank you! Beets definitely have a unique flavor!

    scrambledhenfruit, great! You can eat them to your hearts delight! They're sooo good!

    Dishesdone, that sounds good to me with the shredded beets in salad. Another perfect way to enjoy them.

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, we both like them here so have them fairly often. This makes some delicious beets!

    Raina, I hope you try them! Thanks for the visit!

    Biren, glad to know you like beets also. Have a good day!

    Monet, thanks! Yes, the color is great and it perks up a meal!

  38. Abbey, me too! Love the pickled ones. Thanks for stopping by!

  39. yummy, beets and horseradish pair so well together!


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