Festivus Beets of Strength

The Beets of Strength! Spicy Beet Latkes to serve at your Festivus Dinner.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Beet Latles, Festivus, Festivus Recipe, Ghost Peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 41 kcal
Author Matt Cetta


  • 1 Pound of Beets
  • 2 Large Eggs Lightly Beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons Mochiko Rice Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Chives Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill Leaves Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Style Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Ghost Pepper Flakes
  • Canola Oil For Frying
  • Sour Cream


  1. Peel and shred the beets. Lay out on paper towels and pat dry.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add rice flour, salt, pepper, chives, dill, dijon, and ghost pepper flakes and stir. Add the beats and toss with your hands to combine.
  3. Preheat a large cast iron (or other heavy bottomed) skillet over medium-high heat. Add about 1/4 inch of oil to the skillet and heat through.
  4. Using an ice scream scooper, add the beets one at a time. Push down on the top with the back of the scooper to flatten them out. Cook until bright and crispy. (2-3 minutes on each side)
  5. Drain on paper towels.

Recipe Notes

Serve with a "Tap Out Sour Cream Topping". If your Festivus guests can't handle the heat, they can tap out and add a dollop of sour cream. That ,however, gives you the right to rub their nose in it all year.

Adapted from Sue Moran of The View From Great Island

Nutrition Facts
Festivus Beets of Strength
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 371mg 15%
Potassium 199mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.