Nothing else in the spectrum of the vegetable kingdom can touch the deep magenta of beets. From midsummer through the fall in the Lowcountry, freshly dug beets are a colorful addition to a plate of summer greens and yellows. Choose beets that are small and firm. Trim the stems about
Boil all of the ingredients except the beets and the butter for 5 minutes. If you’re serving the beets cold, pour the pickle over them and let them sit, covered, in the refrigerator overnight. If you’re serving them hot, continue to reduce the vinegar mixture, then whisk in the butter to make a sauce of the desired consistency. Pour over the beets and serve at once.
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