Spiced Apple Rings with Beets

These are not your grandma's spiced apple rings. (But we think Grandma will like our version too.) Cinnamon sticks, star anise, and mustard seeds flavor the pickling liquid; beet slices ground the zip with an earthy, almost savory flavor.

Spiced Apple Rings with Beets
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 5 whole star anise

  • 2 2- to 3-inch cinnamon sticks

  • 2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon whole allspice

  • 3 cooking applies (like Granny Smith)

  • 1 medium beet

  • ½ of a medium sweet yellow onion, cut into thin wedges


  1. For pickling liquid: In a 4- to 6-qt. pot combine 1 1/2 cups water, 1 1/2 cups vinegar, the brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, mustard seeds, bay leaves, allspice, and 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Cook and stir over medium until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine 3 cups water and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar. Peel apples. Slice off ends. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Remove seeds. Add slices to vinegar mixture to prevent browning. Peel beet; cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Add beet to pickling mixture in pot; return to a simmer. Cook, covered, 5 minutes.

  3. Drain apples; add to pot. Return to a simmer; cook about 8 minutes or until apples and beets are just tender. Gently stir in onion. Let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a glass container. Chill, covered, at least 6 hours or up to 1 week. Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

38 Calories
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 38
% Daily Value *
Sodium 95mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3.2mg 16%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 179mg 4%
Folate, total 51.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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