Beets Dressed With Garlic

Beets are a versatile root vegetable. These are simmered in sauce, along with scallions and garlic, for a tender side dish.

18th Century

Boil, or do them in an oven. To fricasee them, put them into a stew-pan with some butter, parsley, scallions, shred a little garlic, and some flour, vinegar to your taste, salt and pepper, and let them boil a quarter of an hour..

Menon, “The French Family Cookbook”

21st Century

  • 3-5 fresh whole beets
  • 1 stick or 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp. parsley, minced
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 lemon
  1. Boil beets until fork tender. When they are cool enough to handle, take a paring knife and scape the skin off. The skin should easily come off. Then cut them into round slices. Set aside.
  2. For the sauce, take a medium saucepan and melt the butter on a low heat. Once melted, whisk four into butter. Then stir in the parsley, scallions, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper..
  3. Add beets to sauce. Thoroughly coat the beet slices as you stir.
  4. Let simmer on medium heat for ten minutes or until sauce becomes thick. Garnish with sliced lemons.

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3 Responses to “Beets Dressed With Garlic”

  1. July 23rd, 2014

    Christine Hansley says:

    Hi Food Crew,
    Wonderful, a receipt to use my harvest of homegrown beets. I might do a second slicing of the beets into strips or cubes for easier serving. I’m planning on bringing this receipt to a family outdoor party where there will also be children and adults over 80 years of age. This way the young and elderly will not have to struggle with cutting the beets on paper plates. And also, those that my be standing will not have the same worry.
    Thank you,

  2. August 1st, 2014

    Melissa Blank says:

    Hello Christine!
    That sounds like some excellent ideas to introduce a little 18th century to your 21st Century guests! Let us know how they enjoy it!

  3. January 21st, 2018

    Kristin Fleetwood says:

    Dear CW Historic Foodways crew,

    Your video on making the beets dressed with garlic recipe, as well as your excellent, simple instructions, were very helpful when I made the recipe today. I have included a picture of it below. I used golden beets instead of the more common purple beets to dress it up a little in color. I served this with homemade cornbread. Delicious!!! 🙂

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