The Best Beetroot Relish EVER!!

beetroot relish recipe

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Beetroot Relish Recipe! It’s Amazing!!

beetroot relish recipe

Beets are our favourite vegetable. Raw beetroot is juicy and crunchy with an earthy flavour. Roasted beetroot is soft and has so much flavour and there are hundreds of uses for it. Beetroot crisps, cake, soup, and salads.


We have grown so much of it this year as the kids got a little carried away at sowing time, but its earthy sweet flavour is delicious and this beetroot relish recipe is a brilliant way to use up your extra roots without resorting to smothering it in vinegars as is traditional.

If you’re new to beetroot growing, you can learn how to do it in the post. Growing beetroot with your kids 

Once you have a wonderful crop of lush green leaves and tennis ball sized roots, get the kids pulling up the roots and shake off the soil. My little ones love getting messy in a bucket of water, washing these roots outdoors too.

When I was little, my dad used to grow vegetable in a neighbours garden and I remember him pulling up these ruby red balls. He’d boil them for hours and the hours always smelled weird for days after. But I loved watching the silky skins slide off the cooked beets and the colour of his hands afterwards! He’d pickled the sliced beets and we’d eat them through the year.

Things have changed a lot over the years; we don’t need to boil the life from the vegetables to get the best from them. My kids hate pickled beetroot. But they LOVE this recipe for Beetroot Relish. We found it recently in my grans old cook book. I’ve adapted it a little from her recipe – She boiled her beets for an hour before roasting the beets!? WHY??

The kids love helping with this recipe too.



1kg beetroot trimmed and washed.

300ml Passat
2 garlic cloves
a little oil
200g light muscavado sugar
100ml red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 large onion


  1. Place the roasted beetroot on a baking tray and drizzle with a little oil.

    roasting beets for beetroot relish
    Beetroot ready to roast.
  2. Roast for a little over an hour-until roots are soft and the skins are sliding off.
  3. Once you’ve an empty oven, place 3 large jars in the oven on a low heat 100oC approx. and leave for 10 minutes as this will help to sterilize them and stop the glass smashing when the hot mixture is put in.

4. Leave the beetroot to cool before removing the skins and grating, dicing or chopping to your           desired consistency. We like a course diced texture.

  1. Put the sugar, vinegar, and grated onion and garlic into a pan and bring to a steady boil for 8 minutes.
  2. Add the Passat to the pan and mix together.
  3. Boil for 5 mins then add the grated beetroot and boil gently for 12 minutes till the mixture seems glossy and thickened slightly.
  4. Remove the warm jars from the oven; fill with the beetroot mixture and seal.

    Finished jars of beetroot relish
    Finished jars of beetroot relish


You can keep this for a year if the jar is still sealed but I keep mine in the fridge once it’s open.

This recipe is yummy and sweet. I eat it with anything from salad, pasta, pies and cheese. i love mine on a burger or with a butternut roast!!

If you’d like something a little spicier, i also love this recipe for Spiced beetroot and orange chutney.

This recipe is also my sons favourite, Chocolate Beetroot Cake!

Let me know if you try this recipe, i would love to know what other beetroot recipes you love too!


2 thoughts on “The Best Beetroot Relish EVER!!”

  1. What is Passat? We love pickled beets but we have a hard time growing them. We have a clay soil that we have worked fertilizer from our chicken pen into. We keep trying but can’t seem to get them to come up.

    1. Hi Nicki, Beetroots are amazing and relatively easy to grow once they greminate. I have problems here too so what I do is sow the seeds individually in pots or in a cell tray divided into 20 difference ‘cells’?
      Once the seed leaves are showing i run a shallow line along the soil and place the seedlings in about 5 to 10 cm apart and cover them before watering them in well. This way I get loads more beetroot make it.
      Also Passat is a basic tomato puree. You could make your own by roasting a load of tomatoes till soft and de-skin them and blitz them in a food processor to a puree. Hope that helps? Let me know how you get on.


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