Beets with Mandarin Orange
(serves 4 as a side dish)
Clean, cube, and boil:
2 medium-sized beets
 
Use just enough water to cook them and have a little broth left.
Remove from heat and add:
1 mandarin orange, peeled and sectioned
2 T orange syrup
1 T rice wine vinegar
Toss, cover, and let sit until ready to serve.
Strain out most of the juice before serving, and garnish with:
mint leaves, whole or slivered
Notes & Variations:
  1. Satsuma mandarin oranges are a good choice for this recipe, as they tend to be seedless.
  2. You can improvise orange syrup by heating some orange juice with sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  3. Add some onion slices with the orange.  Both the oranges and onion will take up the beet color very nicely.
  4. Sabrina called to recommend a salad with cooked, sliced beets, freshly squeezed orange juice, melted butter, salt, pepper, and two tablespoons minced, fresh tarragon.