pounds (about 2 large) red beets, washed, but not
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 small garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons high-quality mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional
Salt, to taste
the beets and sugar in a saucepan, add enough water
to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium
and simmer, covered, until the beets are tender, about
45 minutes. Drain and cool completely.
the beets and coarsely grate into a medium-sized bowl.
(Be careful not to stain your clothing with the beet
juice.) Add the walnuts, garlic, mayonnaise and lemon
juice, if using, and mix gently.
Season to taste with
salt, then add a pinch of sugar and mix again. Cover
with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature
for 1 hour before serving.