Caramelized Beets with Fresh Chives

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Serves 4

When you add the chives to this dish, it is going to feel like a lot, but don’t fear, they add such a bright pop.  I think you’ll like them!

1-1/2 lbs. beets, without greens (approx 2 bunches or 6 medium beets)
2 tbsp pastured bacon drippings
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Peel the beets and slice as thin as possible, approx 1/16″ slices.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp bacon drippings.

Once melted, add sliced beets and turn with a spatula to coat in the fat.  Reduce heat to low, cover and gently cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  After 25 minutes, remove the lid and increase heat to medium.  Saute for 5 additional minutes without stirring.  After five minutes, remove from heat.

Add sea salt, pepper and chives.

Toss to combine and serve warm.


  • Mom

    I am so grateful to have this recipe after already trying this “garden candy” out on the farm. In my humble opinion, this tastes even better than it looks, and it looks wonderful. It’s a flavor like none other. And just for the record, what a great feel to have John back behind the Organic Spark camera.

    August 14, 2011
  • Natasha

    These are AMAZING! I don’t really even like beets but after making these I could eat beets all the time. Awesome recipe, thanks!

    November 17, 2013
  • gerri

    Yum! Loved this!

    June 5, 2014

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