Wine-Poached Beets


Red beets tend to stain your hands, so when working with them consider wearing plastic gloves. This spectacular side dish is a delicious accompaniment to chicken.

Wine-Poached Beets
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins


  • ¾ cup dry red wine such as merlot or shiraz, or apple juice

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 ½ pound beets, peeled, and cut into bite-size pieces

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • Honey (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan combine 1/2 cup of the wine, the water, and brown sugar. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add beets. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes until beets are tender and can be pierced with a fork, stirring occasionally. Drain. Transfer beets to serving bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Splash with remaining 1/4 cup wine. Drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 8 to 10 side-dish (1/2-cup) servings.


You can avoid staining your hands with beet juice if you wear plastic gloved while peeling and cutting the beets. Trim beet tops or leave tops on.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 271mg 6%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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