Jewel-Tone Pancakes
with Creamy Yogurt-Dill Sauce

This recipe uses beets and carrots to make beautiful jewel-toned pancakes, similar to potato pancakes. Serve pancakes topped with dilled yogurt sauce as an appetizer or light main dish.

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Ingredients

Yogurt-Dill Sauce

  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pancakes

  • 3 medium beets (about 1-pound), trimmed and scrubbed
  • 2 medium carrots (6-ounces), trimmed and scrubbed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large egg whites, beaten

Instructions

  1. To make Yogurt-Dill Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper together. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.
  2. To make pancakes: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Using a food processor with a grating blade or a box grater, shred beets and carrots. Place shredded vegetables in a large bowl, then stir in garlic and salt. Stir in the egg and egg whites until well mixed.
  4. Lightly spray a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray, then heat over medium-high heat.
  5. Form 4 pancakes in the pan by dropping then mixture by 1/4-cupsful, then flattening slightly to form 3-inch diameter pancakes. (The pancake batter may look "loose" at first but will become more "sturdy" as the pancakes cook). Cook for 4 minutes or until golden brown on the first side, then carefully turn over and cook for 3 more minutes or until the second side is golden brown. Place pancakes in the preheated oven to keep warm.
  6. Respray pan and repeat, making 4 more pancakes.
  7. Serve warm pancakes drizzled with prepared Yogurt-Dill Sauce.

Yield: 8 pancakes

Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine by LuAnn B., a.k.a. "Tofu Queen."