One of the most popular appetizers from this last Farm-to-Table dinner was beet "sliders," delicious bite-sized beet patties topped with a homemade pickled zucchini relish. Ladleah graciously shared the recipe with us, and we are passing it along to you to enjoy!
I love a good, juicy burger. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat lover; this veggie burger will satisfy anyone. I prefer cooking these in a cast iron skillet with a bit of olive oil. Use big dark red beets and sear well on each side. The recipe calls for basil or thyme but I love to use all different herbs depending on the season. Also feel free to get creative and change up the cheeses! Just hold to the egg, oats, beet ratio and you'll swear you are eating a medium rare beef burger. You can even make a bunch of patties at once and freeze on a sheet pan. Once frozen put in pairs or individually wrapped in a ziplock and keep in the freezer for a fast meal. Adapted from Food52. Makes 6-8 good sized burgers.
- 3 cups grated beets (about 4-5 large beets)\
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 7 ounces goat cheese or feta or grated cheddar
- 1 handful fresh chopped basil or 1 tsp Thyme (fresh is better, dried okay)
- 1 generous pinch sea salt
- several grinds fresh black pepper
- olive oil for frying
- Peel and grate beets, onion, and garlic on a box grater or use a food processor with grater attachment.
- Place the grated vegetables in a large mixing bowl
- Add olive oil, eggs, and rolled oats and mix well
- Add cheese, basil or thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well.
- Let all sit for 30 minutes so the oats can soak up the moisture and the mixture sets. This step is very important for the patties to hold together.
- Shape a test patty. If the mixture feels too loose add a 1/4 cup more oats, let sit.
- Form patties and sear in a hot, heavy pan (cast iron is best) or brush with olive oil and grill.
- substitute tofu for cheese
- use up to 1/2 cup water and let mixture soak for 1 hour in the refrigerator to allow more time for the oats to hydrate.
We had a great time this season with the farm-to-table events and we look forward to having everyone out to the island again next year! Be sure to check out our 2016 Calendar for more details about upcoming events.