Pickled Beets and Eggs

Pickled Beets and Eggs are a family favorite and just perfect for summertime gatherings. Give them a try, you may just find a new favorite side dish.

Pickled Beets & Eggs are a family favorite and just perfect for summertime gatherings. Give them a try, you may just find a new favorite side dish.

Most people have seen those big glass jars of mustard-yellow eggs at a travel plaza or truck stop at some point in their life. But most people I know wouldn’t dream of ever tasting one — and same goes for the purple-red ones that pop up at the same types of pit stops.

But for someone like me, whose roots are still firmly planted in Pennsylvania Dutch traditions and food, eating pickled pinkish eggs is nothing out of the ordinary; nearly every picnic back home includes a bowl of this purpley pairing which disappears just about as fast as the grilled burgers and hot dogs do.

Pickled Beets & Eggs are a family favorite and just perfect for summertime gatherings. Give them a try, you may just find a new favorite side dish.

My husband was one of those people who had never had pickled eggs, even though his Polish grandmother frequently made beet relish (beets, horseradish, and onions). He, too, was unsure when I put that first deep purple egg in front of him, but his reluctance quickly disappeared once he tasted the sweet and tart concoction that makes this side dish a perfect complement to any summertime meal. To my surprise, even my girls like the pink eggs and it’s a sure-fired way to ensure they’ll eat their veggies. I usually make these two days ahead of time to really allow that color to dye the egg almost to the yolk. They also taste much better if you don’t rush the process.

Pickled Beets and Eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 dz. hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 15-oz. cans of beets and juice
  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. vinegar (more if you prefer more tartness)
  • 1/2 c. sugar (more if you prefer more sweetness)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine beets, juice, water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add eggs and submerge beneath beets as much as possible.
  3. Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, to allow the color and taste to penetrate the eggs.
  4. Serve chilled and sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.

Pickled Beets & Eggs are a family favorite and just perfect for summertime gatherings. Give them a try, you may just find a new favorite side dish.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I agree about the yellow eggs. Uck! I don’t think many of us here in PA Dutch Country, especially Lancaster County, would even dream of such a travesty. Thanks for the great recipe. (I usually cheat and just “dump” things together.) I think I’ll use this one from now on.

    • Truth be told, I used to just dump everything in till it tasted the way I liked it; isn’t that the Penna. Dutch way?! 😉 It was only after my husband asked how much I use of everything that I gave it it any thought about making it official with measurements and all. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Another PA person – woo hoo! I’m originally from Lock Haven, but moved South years ago, where no one here knows what a good pickled egg is! Your recipe is a little different from mine, but I am so glad I came across it. Looks like I’m going to be digging out my saved giant pickle jar to make some eggs for here in the near future. Yum!

    • I hope you enjoy it! Should be especially good in one of the big jars … I need to get myself one of those!

  3. this is awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Funday Linky Party!

    *Susan

  4. I have never pickled eggs with my beets, but I can totally see it being tasty! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #20!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

  5. Yum, I love pickled eggs! I can pickled beets every year and add a hard boiled egg to each jar, that way I can enjoy a hidden purple gem each time I open a new jar. I love your idea of using canned pickle beet juice, save a ton of time if you’re not in the mood to can a bushel of beets! Please stop by my blog for my pickled beets recipe. It’s a super yummy family recipe!

  6. Turned out FABULOUS!! THANK YOU!! We all love eggs & beets. Fast and easy 🙂 been a long time since we had good ones!

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