This is my new favorite thing to eat! While it is quite delicious as I am preparing it now, I keep having this feeling that it will end up being made into something else. For now, I am quite content to eat it, as is, in vast quantities.
I think eventually, I will eliminate the onions, reduce the liquids, thicken it a bit and make it into a cobbler with an oat topping. That just sounds so good!
For now, I am eating this nearly daily. It is really good over wild rice or red rice. I think cranberries would be a really good addition too. It couldn’t be simpler to make.
Thinly slice 1/2 red onion and place in the bottom of a dish with a tight lid.
Mix together the sauce and pour it over the onions.
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
Chop 6 or so medium to large beets and put them on top of the onions and liquid.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Give it a good mix. At this point you can either add fruit and bake another 30 minutes or just finish cooking it without fruit.
The cooking time depends on how many beets you use and the size of your dish. You can tell when the beets are done visually, but if you are uncertain, test them with a fork. For this batch I added 1 large apple and 4 plums.
As the beets and fruit cook you get a nice amount of not overly sweet broth. It is good on its own or over a grain. The beauty of this dish, is that all the flavors come through. It is a really soothing and delicious seasonal meal.
I really hope you like this as much as I do. And I really hope I have time to make it into a cobbler soon, because I really want to eat that, as I already mentioned….