Baby Beets Glazed with Orange, Vanilla and Cardamom

INGREDIENTS:

2 – 3 lbs. baby beets, cooked and sliced
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4″ vanilla bean, cut in half (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
Pinch of cardamom
Salt and white pepper to taste

METHOD:

Place 1/2 cup orange juice, orange zest and vanilla bean pieces in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare beets.

Reheat orange-vanilla mixture. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/4 cup orange juice. Add to orange-vanilla mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened and clear. Add cardamom, salt and pepper. (Add vanilla extract if not using vanilla bean.) Remove pieces of vanilla bean, scraping seeds into mixture. If glaze is too thick, add more orange juice to thin it.

Pour over beets, glazing beets thoroughly. Reheat, if necessary, before serving.

SOURCE: Recipe courtesy of cookbook author, Patricia Rain, www.vanilla.com.

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