Beet Pancakes

Beet Pancakes


By Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj's flexitarian beet pancake with garlicky kale and apple salsa.

Serves 4

1 cup grated Yukon Gold potato
1 cup peeled, grated beet
1/2 cup peeled, grated carrot
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp liquid honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 green chili, minced
3/4 cup chickpea flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
vegetable oil, for frying
garlicky kale
apple salsa
1 lb. sausage meat (optional)
1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogourt, sour cream or crème fraîche (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Using a SpongeTowel, squeeze excess water out of potato, beet and carrot until dry. Combine veggies with onions, honey, salt, pepper and chili in a large bowl; toss until incorporated.
  2. Add flour and egg, and mix until ingredients can be formed into four patties, roughly 1/2 cup each. Add a tsp of water if needed.
  3. In a large high-sided sauté pan with a lid, heat 1/4-in. oil over medium heat. Cover and cook pancakes until slightly crisp on bottom; flip and cook other side until crisp (roughly 4-5 minutes per side). Covering will keep steam in and help to cook those firm root vegetables through.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer pancakes to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 8 minutes, until pancakes are cooked through and vegetables are soft.
  5. Optional: Form sausage meat into 4-oz. patties. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Fry patties for about 5 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Top pancakes with sausage patties, if desired, and serve with a small pile of garlicky kale, a spoonful of apple salsa and a dollop of yogourt, sour cream or crème fraîche, if you like.

Garlicky Kale

1/2 bunch kale
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1 lemon

Pull kale leaves from stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium high and add garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds, then add kale, mixing well to coat leaves with garlic-infused oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes, until bright green and leaves are tender but still have some body. Remove from heat and squeeze lemon juice over kale.

Apple Salsa

2 crisp apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 small handful fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt

Combine ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside for 15 minutes to allow flavours to blend.