I've mentioned before that I deeply believe the best way to get people more excited about eating the vegetables that we all know are good for us is to make them delicious (seems obvious, I know). I come from a place of being super excited about veggies in general, and am committed to getting a hefty serving of them every day. But I still don't really consider eating my veggies unless I know they're going to taste great.
This isn't rocket science... but I bet that if we started cooking our vegetables in more interesting ways, we could stop eating them because we think we have to and start eating them because we're just so excited about it! Thankfully, my babes has gotten on board with this belief and goes out of his way to make sure I'm getting veggies in a way that will make me excited to eat them!
Now... no one has to force me to eat my beets. I can't actually choose a favorite veggie because there are about eight that I absolutely love, but beets are definitely on that list! That earthy flavor and natural sweetness is wonderful, and I just can't ever seem to get over that vibrant color!
Despite my general excitement for beets, I this this recipe is for not only the beet lovers but also the doubters! Frittering vegetables is a great way to make them super appealing to doubters in my experience.
If you're making these for someone who hasn't yet seen the light when it comes to the magic of beets, consider substituting half of the beets for some grated carrot. You could also opt for yellow beets to make it less obvious what's hidden inside!
Beet Fritters with Mint & Feta
2 medium beets, peeled and grated
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
high heat oil for cooking (I used sunflower oil)
- Whisk flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl to evenly distribute the baking powder.
- Add grated beets to the bowl and stir to evenly coat the beets with the flour mixture. Then add the egg and stir to combine. Finally, stir in the feta, mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- In a medium frying pan, heat a few tablespoons of oil over medium heat (you can use less in a non-stick pan). Scoop spoonfuls of the beet mixture into the pan to create your fritters, flattening them down a bit with a spatula. They can be whatever size you please, just make sure not to over crowd the pan.
- Allow the fritters to cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until lightly crisp.
- Repeat with remaining batter until you've cooked it all!
- Serve with a sprinkling of feta and a squeeze of lemon juice.