We got the beet (latkes)

What to do with 2 weeks worth of beets from our CSA farm share? Make beet latkes of course! Aside from a good old roasted beet salad with green beans, walnuts and perhaps some gorgonzola, I think this is now my favorite way to eat beets. I also made some carrot latkes, which might have been even better. Both recipes were inspired by something I saw on epicurious, and what I had in my fridge of course….

Beet Latkes
-6 medium beets, peeled and shredded (my food processor made quick work of this)
– 1 teaspoon garam masala
– 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 6 tablespoons flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 3 eggs

You can modify the ingredients of course, a variety of spices would be good here, depending on what you have. I imagine that some minced garlic would be tasty, perhaps some smoked paprika. If you don’t want to make such a big batch (although, honestly, I wish I’d doubled it, they were so good), you can cut back on beets and spices, and reduce the flour (about 1 tablespoon flour for 1 cup of beets).

Try to squeeze any excess moisture from the beets (sprinkling them with salt and letting them sit for a bit draws out moisture). Mix the remaining ingredients into a stringy batter. Heat some oil in a skillet over medium-high, and add spoonfuls of batter, flattening out as you go. Cook until crispy, about 5 minutes on each side. Keep warm in the oven.

Carrot Latkes
– 6 cups peeled, shredded carrots
– 7 teaspoons grated ginger (more or less depending on how much you like ginger)
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Again, I think that many flavor combos would work here. The carrot-ginger really is lovely though. Mix ingredients and cook as with the beet latkes.

Apple Salsa – to go with both latkes
2 apples, shredded
1 lemon, juiced
1 jalapeno, minced with seeds
2 green onions, minced
2 tablespoons honey (more or less depending on sweetness of apples)
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients and let sit. Serve with latkes in place of traditional applesauce- delish!

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