Sometimes genius strikes when you least expect it - tired, without a plan, too lazy to drive to Publix... All we knew though was that a) time to try out that fancy expensive vegan nut cheese our Whole Foods recently started selling b) use those gigantic n gorgeous beets from E's super garden c) get as close to a sloppy joe as we possibly can.
Thus we found ourselves with the ever elusive "beet ball", loosely adapted from about 20 different random online recipes but with possibly the most flavorful results we've yet encountered.
This recipe is super easy, so delicious, and while is better considered a starting point for a more full dish (ie beet burgers), these lil fried balls we ended up with were clearly nom enough to post on Bloom.
With beets already in the equation, we had a serious 'aha' moment when we found that one of the only two cheese flavors (does it even need a flavor?) came in truffle, dill, and chive. ALSO pickles were buy one get one, clearly steering our palate towards Polish cuisine.
Unfortunately we were kinda disappointed with the cheese... It's consistency was almost identical to tofu, it tasted good but not great, and doesn't really melt that well. So we basically just smashed it into the beets balls - which of course added great flavor, but just things to keep in mind if you plan on cooking with it in the future.
Fried these lil' suckers up in some coconut oil - ours were pretty moist so the final consistency wasn't that solid but still worked out. And last these make great fillers for a bread n butter pickle sandwich.
Final result is super healthy, easy, packed with flavor, and ingeniously versatile. Don't think we'll throw down all those dollas for the cheese again, but definitely was worth a try!
2 cooked and mashed medium sweet potato
2 packed grated medium sized beetroot
½ cup finely chopped red onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup corn flour
salt to taste
1. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a cast iron skillet and add in the chopped red onion and garlic. Saute until the red onions are translucent.
2. Add in the grated beetroot, sweet potato, cumin, salt, chili powder, thyme. Cover the pan and simmer on low heat until the beetroot and sweet potato have turned soft. Then crumble your cheese into the mixture.
3. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, add in the corn flour and keep the salt & pepper levels in check.
4. Make small lime sized balls or go big with a burger. You can cook them by baking for 30 minutes at 375 degrees or pan fry them up in a low heat.