Extremely pink beet-pickled eggs aren’t just beautiful, they’re suffused with a richly flavored sweet and sour brine that pops with every bite. Serve the eggs alongside the pickled beets and red onions, and top with a dollop of sour cream and horseradish sauce and fresh garden herbs.
Despite the clear blue skies and sunshine, the buds and blossoms, and the buzzing of bees and bird songs as the natural world comes to life, it’s been a tough week. Our littlest has her heels dug in, even over the tiniest things, and her chaos is rubbing off on the rest of us. At home and elsewhere, I feel like I’m walking on eggshells.
In these moments, I find it helps to make something beautiful.
My painting teacher used to say to us students that we were at our best when we were painting – elsewhere in life, we were just regular people, but, brush in hand, doing what we loved most, we could be extraordinary. I’ve since traded my brushes for a kitchen and a camera, but the wisdom of spending time doing what I do best still holds. And now, in my fridge, I have a trove of THESE BEETS.
Maximum pink is always the best remedy. Perhaps not for unruly 7 year-olds, but I’m working that angle too.
Think of these beet-pickled eggs as the very best kind of salad in a jar. Settled into the brine, nestled up with beets, red onions, spices, and a few dill sprigs, the eggs take on just the right amount of flavor. Sour, sweet, and a tad earthy, beet-pickled eggs are my new favorite eggs.
For an upcoming Easter gathering, I’m planning to serve beet-pickled eggs on a tray, tucked against pickled beets and onions alongside paper thin salted radish slices. To complement the whole business, I whisked up a zippy sour cream sauce made with just Dijon, horseradish, herbs, pepper, and sea salt. Dolloped on a beet-pickled egg, the effect is almost exactly like a pickled deviled egg, but with a lot less work.
And while these pickled eggs are delightful for gatherings, the eggs, beets, and onions, and even the sour cream sauce, are also wonderful atop greens.
- 6 large eggs
- 4 medium beets (from 1 bunch beets), greens trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1-inch wedges
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon coriander seed
- 4 sprigs dill, plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons minced herbs (I used bronze fennel, dill, and chives)
- 1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced thin
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
Set a steamer basket over boiling water. Gently set eggs in basket, cover, and set a timer for 9 minutes. Meanwhile prepare a large bowl of ice water (the colder the water, the easier the eggs will peel, so be generous with the ice). When timer dings, run eggs briefly under cold water and then gently set in ice water. Chill eggs at least 30 minutes, then keep in fridge until ready to peel.
Meanwhile, in a large, non-reactive pot, combine beets, vinegar, water, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or just until beets are fork tender. Set mixture aside for 30 minutes to cool.
Set out 2 clean quart jars. In packing the jars, you'll want to keep the eggs from smooshing against the side, creating a white spot. Carefully layer red onions, cooked beets, eggs, and 2 sprigs dill in each jar, making sure eggs are surrounded by other vegetables. Carefully pour in brine to cover. Seal jars and refrigerate overnight, or up to a week. Note that the color will nearly saturate the eggs after 2 days.
Before serving, in a medium bowl, whisk with a fork to combine sour cream, horseradish, mustard, vinegar, pepper, and sea salt.
Serve eggs sliced in half (you'll want to clean the knife between slices) alongside pickled beets and red onions, dollop with horseradish sauce, and sprinkle with minced herbs and fresh ground pepper.