Beet Latkes with Horseradish Crème Fraîche

Beet Latke cooking

Beet Latkes Vertical

I don’t know, maybe the idea of beet latkes is going to be a hard sell for some of you out there.  But if you’ve already made it to the second sentence of this post, you may as well stick around and see what’s up, I think you’ll be happy you did.  For me it’s not the holidays without at least one batch of potato latkes, and bright ruby red beets make a colorful and delicious twist on that tradition.  I originally envisioned a rainbow of root vegetables, from rutabaga and turnip, to all shades of beets, but I quickly realized that with five days till Christmas that was a tad too ambitious.  That’s ok, though, the color and flavor of red beets is perfect for these fritters, they turned out great.  The first crispy bite is reminiscent of a classic potato latke, but then the flavor of the  tender beets comes through, and the horseradish crème fraîche  adds the perfect zippy touch at the end.

Beet Latke ingredients

I tossed in some fresh chive and dill with the shredded beets, and then added the requisite egg and flour to make the simple fritter recipe.  When you drop the little ruby red piles into the hot oil you should hear an immediate sizzle, that tells you the oil is hot enough to give you the crispy crust that distinguishes a good latke from a soggy one.  The shredded beets cook in the time it takes both sides to brown, about a couple of minutes or so per side.  The zesty sauce can be stirred together while the latkes fry.

Beet Latke cooking

Beet Latkes

Yield: makes about a dozen silver dollar sized latkes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets, peeled and shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose four
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • palmful of snipped fresh chives
  • palmful of dill leaves, rough chopped
  • vegetable oil for frying
    for the dipping sauce
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 Tbsp creamed horseradish

Instructions

  1. Peel the beets and shred them. You can use a box grater, or a food processor. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl, and add the beets, flour, salt, pepper and the herbs. Toss everything to combine well.
  3. Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the beets into the pan, flattening them out into little patties. Fry until golden on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Stir together the horseradish and the crème fraîche to make the sauce. Serve the latkes hot with the sauce on the side.

Notes

You can keep the latkes warm in a 300F oven while you finish cooking the rest of the batch. You can also reheat them that way.

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Beet Latkes square

Beet latskes plated

9 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    August 21, 2017 at 5:32 am

    These look delicious! Do you think you could make these ahead and freeze them? If you think you could, would you freeze before or after frying them?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 21, 2017 at 5:38 am

      I think that should work, Kelly, and I think you would freeze them after cooking, because they’re very loose before they’re cooked.

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    shannon
    December 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    i am in! no hard sell needed: i love beets, and am willing to try them in any application. i feel like in latkes, it’s a no-brainer; i’d love them, especially with the bit of horseradish to go along with. Happy holidays to you, Sue!

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    Dom
    December 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    anything with beetroot works for me, these look divine and such an interesting taste.. bet they’d be lovely with smoked salmon!

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    The Café Sucre Farine
    December 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Who else could make beets look so gorgeous? These look amazing. I’m with my whole family in England, I think I’ll surprise them one evening with these fabulous latkes one evening. They’re so very festive!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Wow – this is so creative and beautiful! I can’t imagine how tasty the beets are after being lightly fried. How interesting. Hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas Sue – and a very Happy New Year!

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      Sue
      December 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Tricia— they are so beautiful, aren’t they? I wanted to make golden and pink beet latkes, too, but couldn’t find them in my store.
      Have a wonderful holiday!

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