Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cumin Scented Beet Latkes

Recipe from Bon Appétit December 2004
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

If you are looking for a recipe for beets that's yummy, but out of the ordinary, this is it. You can make them several hours in advance and then reheat them in the oven just as your guests arrive. Be sure to serve them with the Apple, Green Onion, and Jalapeño Salsa for an extraordinarily delicious first course. You can now get local beets from the Lost River Market & Deli and of course, the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. If you are lucky to have yellow beets or beets of other colors, you will have quite a pretty platter.

6 cups coarsely shredded peeled beets (about 6 medium)
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
Canola oil (for frying) (I used sunflower oil because that’s what I had in my pantry.)
Apple, Green Onion, and Jalapeño Salsa (Recipe on this blog.)

Place beets in large bowl; press with paper towels to absorb any moisture. In another large bowl, whisk flour and next 5 ingredients. Mix in beets, then eggs.
Pour enough oil into large skillet to cover bottom; heat over medium heat. Working in batches, drop beet mixture by 1/4 cupfuls into skillet; spread to 3 1/2-inch rounds. Fry until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Transfer latkes to baking sheet. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Reheat in 350°F oven until crisp, about 10 minutes.)
Serve latkes with Apple, Green Onion, and Jalapeño Salsa.


Anonymous said...

Wow, cumin scented beets. I had never heard of a Latke, is it German? My favorite dish as a child was borsht, so I'm sure to love these. I printed the recipie and I will use some yellow beets I've planted this year and some Lost River co-op red beets for it. With the salsa, it'll be great. My dad and I are going to try it. Maybe my mom will even join in. She may be in the mood for adventure. Thanks, Alice

Alice said...

Your yellow beets will look especially nice as latkes. Latkes are usually made with shredded potatoes. It's often served with applesauce. Latkes are a traditional Jewish dish served at Hanukkah. These beet latkes are really, really good with the apple salsa. Let me know when you've made them and tell me what you think! Alice