Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beetroot Patties (Punajuuripihvit)

This year it is the first time we grow beetroot in our garden. Growing beetroot is the first time, eating beetroot is also the first time. We are growing heirloom mixed beetroot seeds, so I am not sure which variety we are harvesting at the moment. We have already become a fan of beetroot and we be sowing some seeds again this coming spring. Apart from steaming or roasting beetroot, we wanted to try a different way to enjoy it.
I got this beetroot patties idea from Anja Hill's The Food and Cooking of Finland recipe book that I borrowed from our local library. There are many interesting recipes to try from this book. 
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 cooked beetroots (beets)
1 egg beaten
100grams (2cups) fine fresh breadcrumbs
vegetable oil, for shallow frying
salt and ground black pepper

Peel the outer skin from the cooked beetroot using a sharp knife, then cut the flesh into 1cm slices.
Break the egg on a plate and beat lightly. Spread the breadcrumbs on a separate plate and season with salt and pepper. Dip the beetroot slices in the egg and then the breadcrumbs, to coat both sides.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the coated beetroot and fry for about 5 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, Drain on kitchen paper and serve hot.
In Finland, these delicious patties can be served with a dollop of sour cream as an appetizer or alongside grilled meat or fish to provide a different texture and flavour. They are also often served in conjunction with fried onion. These beetroot patties remind me of sweet potato fritters I usually have for tea snack back in Malaysia. My little brother is visiting me at the moment, it was his first taste of beetroot and he likes it very much.


Veggie Gnome said...

Wow! That looks really yummy - have never even heard of these fritters before. Well done, for your first beetroot experience! :)

Sunray Gardens said...

Those look really good and appetizing.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Amy said...

They do look tasty. :)Have a nice visit with your brother.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

That is one superb effort. We like to just juice them. Good for the liver, Mama said. purrrr *giggles*

Mr. H. said...

We do this same thing with zucchini and eggplant but I have never thought to try it with beets...sounds and looks really good.

Jody said...

That is such a great idea. Belle might even be able to talk me into eating beets with this recipe!

lena said...

another great snacks coming from the garden produce. not a bad idea!!

cikmanggis said...

snacks yang sihat tapi hanya Cm sorang je makan beetroot ni..berapa umur your little brother?

Shaheen said...

Your beetroot patties are lovely. Very different to how I make mine.

Kelli said...

I'm jealous, I didn't have any luck with beetroot this year. Your patties look really good. I'll have to try beetroot again next year.

africanaussie said...

Those look delicious! My beetroot just did not take off this year. I also received a lovely envelope of seeds from you last week -thank you so much!

Phoebe said...

OOH! They look great Diana! Ill give them a go! I love beetroots and make patties of grated beets with mashed chickpeas, herbs and eggs. SO tasty!

shaz said...

That's fantastic Diana! I bought too many beetroot now I know what to do with them :)

shaz said...

Ps, just tagged you to take part in the Tripbase Seven Links Project dear. Hope you can join in :)

chopinandmysaucepan said...

I love beetroot that's simply drizzled with a little EVOO, salt, cracked black pepper lemon juice and roasted for about 15 minutes. The colour of the juices are so appetizing.

Liz said...

I'm definitely going to try these - I'm thinking served with a horseradish cream maybe.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Veggie Gnome~Beginners Luck maybe. Glad that it grow well enough for us to harvest them. Or else I might have give up on it and never tasted beetroot ;-).

Cher~ Good healthy snack.

Amy~Thanks. I am really enjoying my brother visit.

Cat-from-Sydney~I still remember your beetroot juice recipe but we don't have celery ready yet to harvest to make that juice. Hopefully soon.

Mr. H~I will remember to try it with zucchini and eggplants if we have good harvest of it next warm season.

Jody~Hope you like it :).Very sweet fried like this.

Lena~ Good for minum petang and as replacement for pisang goreng. Pisang is so expensive 1kg~RM30 here. Boleh beli banyak tandan pisang in Malaysia.

Cikmanggis~ Dekat Malaysia boleh beli beetroot dekat mana? rasanya kalau tanam kat sana menjadi tak agaknya. Diana ada kirim benih ni kat mama tapi tak sempat tanam lagi maklumlah sibuk nak dekat raya ni. "Little Brother" umur 21 tahun.

Shaheen~I am very curious how you make them since you are very good in cooking. Any tips on beetroot?

Kelli~Good Luck with beetroot next year. Maybe you can try planting them end summer or fall this year. You might still have time to plant them. At least for baby beets too.

Africanaussie~Happy that those seeds are now in your hands. Hope you have fun with them.

Phoebe~Grated beets? How did you avoid from all that red stuff oozing? Very curious. Sounds very delicious though. It must have worth it all the red mess.

Shaz~Thank you for the tag dear!

chopinandmysaucepan~That sounds very delicious.

Liz~Now I am regretting that I did not take some horseradish that were offered to me to plant before.

Shaheen said...

Thank you so much
I have lots of beetroot recipes on my blog, but here is a patty like recipes that you may like.

Also thank you so much for becoming a follower. Its very kind of you - Thank you.

Malar said...

That's very yummy looking patties! Very nutritious too!
Have nice holiday with your brother!

kitchen flavours said...

A great idea with beetroot patties! Looks delicious! Will KIV this to try! Thanks!

Sue Garrett said...

I made a comment early but it's disappeared - never mind - here it is again. Just said that I'll certainly be trying these

Wendy said...

looks really great - I bet the kids love this. With a dollop of sour cream, I'm sure mine would devour these patties.

Sue Catmint said...


Bom said...

That looks like something to try. I'm sure the kids love it. I saw zuchinni fritters also in another blog just today but they were baked in a drizzle of olive oil instead of fried. New stuff for the kids to bring to school. Thanks for sharing.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Shaheen~ Thank you so much for the link . I am looking forward to browse you beetroot archives for your fantastic recipes.

Malar~It is nutritious. I am kinda feel guilty with my brother since I am busy and did not have many chance to bring him out.

Joyce~Can we get beetroot easily in Malaysia now? I always wonder about it.

Sue~I did not notice that you planted beetroots this year on your allotment. What variety do you usually grow?

Wendy~Sounds yummy with a dallop of sour cream.

Catmint~YUM YUM :).

Bom~A very healthy food for kids to bring to school.

Sue Garrett said...

We have grown Boltardy - red and another called Sunset Mixed which includes Burpee Golden - yellow, Blankoma - - white and Chioggia which is red and white

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Sue~ I am considering to buy chioggia seeds at the moment. I have never seen blankoma yet in any of our local catalog here.

Sue Garrett said...

Don't buy Chioggia if you are looking for the stripy inside as when it is cooked the red bleeds into the white parts. I'm not sure how they manage to take a photo of the stripy inside but I've never yet seen it look like that.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Sue~ Oh I did not thought that the red part in the chiogga bleeds as well. Our spring sown beetroot does not germinate as well as the ones grown in fall. I wonder why.

BI said...

Hi, Kebun Malay-Kadazan girls,

just wonder, '2 cooked beetroots' - how to cook the beetroots even before i coat the beetroot with egg? steam or blanch? thanks.