Beets are beautiful. Their vibrant pink and yellow hues are not only beautiful on your plate, they are also extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has also been known to play a role in reducing chronic inflammation, preventing certain types of cancer, detoxifying the body and improving mental health. Plus they are delicious!
The love I have for beets is quite special. I love the sweetness and I love bright pink colour. Usually when I think about making a dish with beets, I roast those suckers up and toss them in a green salad. But this time, I wanted to try something new, something different. And the results were amazing! Even my beau (who is not about the veggie burger) loved them. Hardy with a delicious crunch from the walnuts, topped with herbed cream cheese and peppery arugula. YUM!
Beet and walnut sliders
Makes 8 sliders
1 cup, cooked whole-grain brown rice (I used basmati brown rice)
3/4 cup grated roasted beets (about 4 small)
1/2 cup panko
6 tbsp walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tbsp shallots, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 large egg
2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic and herb Boursin cheese, for topping
1 cup arugula, for topping
4 slices of Ezekiel bread
1. Cut each piece of bread into rounds, brush with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly toast under the broiler for about 2 minutes each side. Set aside to cool.
2. Reduce the oven temperature to 400° and place a baking sheet in the oven to warm.
3. In a large bowl, combine the rice, beets, panko, walnuts, parsley, shallots, sea salt and black pepper.
4. In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard and the egg. Mix well. Add the egg mixture to the rice mixture and blend well.
5. Spoon 1/3 cup of the rice mixture to form 8 small patties.
6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil to the pan and swirl pan to evenly coat. Add 4 patties to the pan and let sit untouched for about 2 minutes. Transfer patties to the warmed baking sheet, browned side up. Add the remaining tbsp of olive oil to the pan and brown the other 4 patties.
7. Place the baking sheet with the patties in the oven and bake for about 9-10 minutes.
8. Assemble these bad boys! Top one piece of bread with a patty, spread with Boursin cheese, add arugula and top with another piece of bread. Or, you can always serve the patties alone with a great salad for a delicious meal.
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