Saturday, 16 May 2015

Beetroot patties

This is the first intentionally vegetarian recipe I tried to cook myself, and one of my favorites. I'm not sure what to call the form, but patties or burgers are probably most suitable in English. In Danish I would call them "deller", short from "frikadeller", which at least the Dutch speakers will understand. :)

I won't specify the portion size, as it will depend on the size of the beetroots etc. But make plenty and put the rest in the freezer - they're excellent as long as you give them another round of frying after defrosting. Play around with the ratios till you get a consistency you like, but watch out to not leave it too wet - then the patties will either not stick together or they will be soggy.


  • 3 beetroots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 gloves of garlic 
  • 1 egg
  • Flour or oats
  • Salt and pepper plus e.g. rosemary or thyme
  • Oil for frying

If you have a food processor, your life will be a lot easier right now. Finely grate beets, onion, and garlic, and mix it with egg, flour, and spices to your liking. Don't be scared to season it quite heavily - otherwise it might turn out a bit bland.

If you have time and patience, leave the mixture in the fridge for half an hour to get a more homogenous texture - if you just wanna eat as soon as possible, just continue with the next step:

Heat the oil in a frying pan and form the patties with a tablespoon. Press them flat (1 cm) when they're on the pan. Leave them to get a crispy and brown-ish surface, and turn them over (app. 5 minutes on each side).

Serve with a green salad, steamed green asparagus and/or carrots, potatoes in any form (e.g. masked or sweet potato fries), and maybe a dip made from goat cheese and yoghurt... Or something like that...

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