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Tuesday
Apr272010

April SOS Kitchen Challenge Recipe Round-Up: Beets


Back in the late 1990s, I was in love with the neo-hippie jam band Rusted Root. One of my my favorite lines from the band's blissed out and drum-filled ouevre is as follows: "All I want is food and creative love."  The line was repeated over wild, primal drumming.   This is the kind of song that sweaty, nappy-haired people in patchwork outfits like to dance to (a description that used to fit me to a "t").  I loved this song and listened to it repeatedly. Thinking back on it, I take pity on roommates, neighbors, my friends...

Although that many bongo drums may drive me into seizures or something these days, I still appreciate the carnal, indulgent message of the song. Really, what better is there on Earth than food and creative love?  Isn't that what we all want?  That what I want anyway, I know that much.  Hmn, are my decadent Taurean tendencies are showing?
 
What does all that have to do with you?  Well, the response you had to the first SOS Kitchen Challenge was the perfect fusion of food, creativity, and love.   Ricki (my challenge co-host and author of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs) and I were absolutely thrilled and astounded at the creativity and love you all showed for beets. We received a whopping 24 submissions from readers all over the globe!  In fact, I think you created a new genre of foodie-ism: creativebeetlove

Thank you to everyone who participated, and I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me.  I loved seeing your recipes and getting introduced to so many great bloggers.  Ricki and I are discussing plans for the SOS Kitchen Challenge, so stay tuned - Ricki is hosting next month's challenge, and will announce it next week!

And now, without further adieu, here is a round-up of the incredible recipe submissions.  Get a bib, because you are going to drool.

SWEET 

Chef: Aubree Cherie, Kennett Square, PA, USA 
Blog: Living Free
Special Diet: gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sugar free 
My comments: Aubree's mixture of fresh fruits and beets looks lovely, and with the inclusion of sunflower seeds, it could almost be a meal in itself.  This looks like a wonderful version of a fruit salad!

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Golden Beet Dessert Lasagna 

Chef:
Claire, New Haven, CT, USA
Blog: Bok Choy Bohemia
Special Diet: gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, sugar-free 
My comments: I love the idea of dessert lasagna too. I audibly gasped when I read the recipe!  Brilliant and beautiful, and even golden beets too!  Oddly, something about this reminds me of a better version of Fruit Fluff, this salad I used to love as a kid. It had marshmallows, tropical canned fruit, and a bunch of sugar in it; this looks WAY better!

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Bread of Many Colors

Chef: Chaya, New York, USA
Blog: Chaya's Comfy Cook Blog
Special Diet: Gluten-Free 
My comments: How wonderfully creative! Like zucchini bread, but better because it is beets!  It looks like this wonderful cherry nut bread that a friend's mother makes that I miss terribly, so this bread is very appealing to me. :)

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Peanutt-y Beet Souffle

Chef: Gaby, Houston, Texas, USA
Blog: La Reina Batata 
Special Diets: vegan, sugar free option
My comments: Whoa. I am totally in awe of this recipe, and would have never thought to do this. For those of us who are peanut allergic, I bet it would work well with Sunbutter or cashew or almond butter.

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Super Natural Beet & Lavender Sorbet

Chef: Alchemille, California, USA
Blog: Alchemille's Secret Garden 
Special Diets: grain free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, sugar free 
My comments: Alchemille and I have developed quite the Facebooking relationship, and I am constantly blown away by her creativity and knowledge! We seem to have a lot in common, including our desire for popsicles - we both posted beet popsicle recipes on the same day, without knowing the other was doing it! Amazing coincidence. Her recipe looks wonderful, a mixture of beet, lavender, and honey. My mouth is watering! 

 

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Brilliantly Beet Smoothie
Chef: Ricki, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Diet: gluten-free, vegan, ACD
My comments: Ricki had me had "Hello" with this one.
  I love beets in smoothies, and this one looks like a winner.

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Beet & Cherry Creamsicles

Chef: Kim, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Blog: Affairs of Living
Special Diets: gluten free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian 
My comments: Well, I'm partial, these are mine... Coconut milk, roasted beet, cherries, cardamom, vanilla. Need I say more?

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Beet Snowballs

Chef: Shayne Terry, Illinois, USA
Blog:
Eat a Vegan 
Special Diet:  vegan, gluten free
My comments: These look awesome and are blowing my mind! I let out a little shriek of pleasure when I saw these.What a brilliant idea; they look rich and wonderful, and I can't wait to try them as soon as dates and I can be close friends again. 

 

SAVORY


Beautiful Borscht Salad

Chef: Lisa Pitman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Vegan Cookbook Critic
Special diets: vegan, gluten-free, raw
My comments: I love borscht and I love grated raw salads, so this is right up my alley. This looks wonderful and light, and would be tasty all year long! I love the vibrant colors and textures; I want to make this salad now! 

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Roasted Pignoli Beet Salad

Chef: Alexa, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
Blog: Lexie's Kitchen
Special Diets: gluten-free, casein-free, vegan, ACD
My comments: I had hoped someone would submit something with pine nuts!  Alexa's recipe looks wonderful, especially with all that garlic. I can't wait to try this recipe.

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Chef: Scrumptious, California, USA
Blog: In My Box 
Special Diet: gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, ACD
My comments:  Tthe story behind this recipe will truly warm your heart. Scrumptious made my day with this one; I am a huge Russian Salad fan!
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Curried Beet Salad

Chef: Ellen Allard, Worcester, Masachussettes, USA 
Blog: I am Gluten Free 
Special Diet: Gluten Free
My comments:   Anything with curry is good in my opinion, but this salad really looks marvelous. Beets, apples, arugula, walnuts, raisins... wow! The combination of flavors Ellen uses looks so pungent and aromatic, and her mixture of textures looks so satisfying and wonderful.  I am excited to make her curry salad dressing; it would be good on anything!

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Magenta Beet Lentil Salad

Chef: Lindsay, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Blog: The Kitchen Operas
Special Diets: gluten free, nut free, vegetarian, vegan 
My comments: More beets and apples! This recipe looks great too; I love the idea of beets and apples with basil and balsamic vinaigrette.  The way she served it with kale looks wonderful. 

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Golden Carrot Soup

Chef: Hannah, USA
Blog: Bittersweet 
Special Diet:  "I think it's pretty much everything -free and -friendly!"
My comments: Hannah's recipes and photographs are always beautiful, and this is no exception. I love the simplicity of this soup, and think it sounds perfect for Spring. I bet it would be wonderful warm or chilled!

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Chef: Mom (Gretchen Cormier), Georgetown, Texas, USA
Blog: The Gluten Free Edge
My comments: I was hoping someone would submit pickled beets, because I positively ADORE them.  These looks wonderful; tarragon is one of my favorite herbs, and Gretchen's recipe looks so simple and delicious!
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Pistachio Buttered Beets (or PB & B)

Chef: Rachel, Sammamish, Washington, USA
Blog: My Munchable Musings
Special Diet: Vegan, GF, sugar-free
My comments: This looks great! Rachel was inspired by Mark Bittman's recipe for Beets with Pisatchio Butter, and it looks positively divine.

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Roasted Beets with Chivey Dressing

Chef: Rachel, Sammamish, Washington, USA
Blog: My Munchable Musings
Special Diet: Vegan, GF, sugar-free, nut-free
My comments: Fresh chives just sing of spring, and this recipe looks refreshing and wonderful and perfect for the season. What a great combination of flavors and colors! 

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Orange Beets with Almonds

Chef: Chaya, New York, USA
Blog:    My Sweet and Savory
 Special diet: gluten free
My comments:   Chaya submitted recipes on both her blogs.  It seems she loves beets as much as I do!  This recipe looks absolutely wonderful, simple, and elegant: beets scented with oranges and tarragon, garnished with almonds. If I could eat oranges or almonds without risking massive headaches and digestive troubles, I'd make this recipe tomorrow. I will live vicariously through her photo...I can smell the fresh orange zest now.... :)

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Beetroot, Greens, and Chickpea Curry

Chef: Johanna, Melbourne, Australia 
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
Special Diet: vegan and gluten free
My comments:  I adore curries, so this recipe definitely appeals to me.  The combination of spices, coconut milk, and tomatoes sounds so flavorful and absolutely enticing!  I was so pleased to see beet greens in the recipe as well. :)
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Chef: Alisa, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Blog: One Frugal Foodie
Special Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Low Sugar
My comments: Inspired by Ricki's Beetaroni, Alisa made this awesome looking beet dish.  The flavors look marvelous, and again, I'm so happy to see the greens show up in a recipe! I'm excited to try this one out!
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Savory Beet Burgers

Chef: Ricki, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Special diets: gluten-free, vegan, ACD
My comments: Ricki and I have a long-running joke about beet-based faux meat dishes, which started after a twitter conversation about my recipe experiments with beetloaf. Ricki upped the ante and made these awesome looking beet burgers; I can't wait to try a version made with a different nut or seed! Aubree Cherie, one of our readers and an SOS participant, was just as inspired and submitted her version of Ricki's burger to the challenge.  Speaking of which...

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Burgers that Can't be Beet

Chef: Aubree Cherie, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Living Free
Special diets: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free, ACD
My comments: What a marvelous adaptation of Ricki's Savory Beet Burgers!  I want to try a version with a different nut or seed.  

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Dad's Beet Burgers

(Adaption of a recipe from Greg Stagbouer, “Beet This Burger”)

Chef: Shar and Jeff Christensen, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Blog: no blog! 
Special Diets: vegan, gluten free, ACD
My comments: My mom and dad submitted this! I think this recipe sounds great, and I'm excited to try it using seeds and cashews.  Such a good idea with oatmeal, and I love all the vegetables.  They really loved it and said they would definitely make it again.  My dad used his homemade Dad's Seasoning mix in the burger, which he will soon be selling online and at select retail locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is made of organic and sustainably produced herbs and spices, mixed in small batches, and he's even making sure to protect against gluten cross-contamination in the production! I will be pushing it like crazy, so stay tuned - I might even have a giveaway for a bottle or two in the near future!  In the meantime, make some of these burgers, because they look great!

1   tablespoon finely grated raw beet
½  cup cooked oats (quick or regular rolled oats)
1   cup uncooked oats (quick or regular rolled oats)
½  cup walnuts, coarsely ground
¼  cup almonds, coarsely ground
2   tablespoons chopped pumpkin seeds
1   tablespoon Vegix seasoning or instant vegetable bouillon
¼  cup minced carrot shreds
¼  cup minced celery
¼  cup minced onion 
1   teaspoon dried basil
½  teaspoon Dad’s Seasoning Original Blend
¼  teaspoon dried thyme
¼  teaspoon dried rubbed sage
¼  teaspoon dried minced garlic
¼  teaspoon mustard powder 
2   tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)
1   tablespoon water

Mix all dry ingredients well in one bowl, then add all vegetables, cooked oatmeal, and liquids.

Blend well until it has the look and consistency of ground beef.  Form into patties and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the burgers to firm up.

Cook carefully on a grill or saute in a pan with some olive oil until crispy brown and heated through.

Serve on whole wheat buns (or gluten-free buns) with your choice of condiments and toppings.  Makes 6-8 burgers depending on size.

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Caramelized Onion, Beet, and Rhubarb Compote with Savory Buckwheat Waffles and Cultured Cashew "Sour Cream"

Chef: Kim, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Blog: Affairs of Living
Special diets: gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian 
My comments: Caramelized onions, beets, and rhubarb rock. Savory waffles rock. Cultured cashew sour cream rocks. Any of those things on their own are already awesome. But together?  It is a triple threat of yumminess. 

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Reader Comments (10)

Wow! What a fantastic roundup! I just read it on Ricki's blog and came over here to find new photos, new commentary - it was like reliving the best experience ever, but totally new at the same time!

I was saying on DDD that I went crazy with the bookmarking - I never get to be part of an event where I can eat *everything* in the whole roundup. What a treat! I love you guys. You should have 50 events a month.

That last recipe for the savory waffles just blows me away. I actually just kind of skimmed it/skipped past it at first because my brain registered "waffles" and moved on. When are waffles vegan or gluten-free? But then I remembered where I was and went back to check and good lord! I can actually make these!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScrumptious

Gorgeous roundup--I should have brought my bib, because this is the second time I'm going through it and now I really AM drooling! :)

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Love love love this roundup! So many amazing recipes! I hope I can try at least half of them. Beets are seriously a new addiction and you two girls are all to blame! :)

~Aubree Cherie

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubree Cherie

Wow!! I'm on my way out to buy pounds of beets now to make all of these!! I just wanted to say that as I was making the Peanutt-y Beet Souffle, I was thinking I'd probably like it even more with Almond or Cashew butter. I should also send you a picture of some beet oatmeal I made with a giant pool of almond butter on top. It was so good!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

I love Rusted Root!!! But I am totally digging these beet recipes!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterann

It is a fantastic spread of beet recipes and your comments made it all come to life. Thanks.

I can't wait to find out the next ingredient.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaya

This is an awesome mix of recipes. I'll add raw smoky beet patties to the list as I just found your blog.

http://vegchic.blogspot.com/2010/04/raw-beet-patties.html

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJody

Everything looks amazing. I am starting to feel silly for having an aversion to beets :)

wow thanks to you for sharing these bunch of good tips.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeer koozies

thanks to you for this huge resource i am totally amazed after reading your quality contains.keep it up.

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlatte art
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