Beet and Cashew Croquettes with Tahini Sauce

Last week, I went to dinner at Cru in Sofia and I had the most awesome dish, Beet and Cashew Croquettes with Tahini Sauce.  Currently, I am on the Liver Cleanse Diet, which encourages the eating of red and orange vegetables, such as beets, carrots and sweet potatoes.  When I saw the beet dish on the menu, I didn’t have my expectations set too high, because I am only recently coming around to the idea of beets.  10 years ago, I made a beet salad, which was my first beet experience and I wasn’t too crazy about it, but this year, in Australia, Vanessa took a bunch of beets right out of her garden and they were fantastic!

I didn’t know what to expect from the beets at Cru, but I was shocked at how delicious and simple the dish was.  I knew this was something I wanted to have again, so I took to the internet and googled the dish and found nothing!  I was shocked how could something so yummy not have a recipe on the web?  After studying, various sites with similar dished, I decided to create my own recipe.

I had two beets in the fridge, so I decided to cut, cube and roast the first beet with some olive oil, sea salt and fresh black pepper.  The other beet I boiled whole with the skin on till tender than mashed and seasoned with sea salt, fresh black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Cubes of beets and some cashews
Drizzling the olive oil
Tossing with the sea salt and fresh black pepper
Roasted beets after coming out of the oven
Coarsely smashing with a hand mixer
Then I dry fried the cashews to give them some color and flavor and roughly chopped.
Raw unsalted cashew nuts
Dry frying the nuts

Of the two cooking methods, I found that the pre-roasted version was superior in taste to the boiled, than roasted version.  By pre-roasting the beets, the flavors were more intense, plus the texture was easier to work with and form into a ball.

Pre-roasted (Left) Boiled (Right)
The final dish, drizzled with Tahini sauce!
Beet and Cashew Croquettes with Tahini sauce
Serves 4
4 Lg Beets (about the size of a baseball), peeled and cut into 1inch (2.5cm) cubes
3/4 cup (200gm) Raw Unsalted Cashew Nuts
3 – 4 tbsp (45 – 60ml) Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F (185C)
  2. Toss Beets with Olive Oil and season with salt and pepper
  3. Spread mixture evenly on a baking sheet and place into oven for 45mins – 1hour, the beets should be fork tender
  4. While beets are in the oven dry fry the cashews till they have some golden color and become fragrant, about 2 minutes, then coarsely chop and set aside.
  5. Place the roasted beets in a large bowl and smash till have a coarse consistency, you don’t want them to be pureed, just not chunky.  I used a hand mixer.
  6. Mix the cashews with the beets.  The mixture should be dry enough that you can form it into a ball easily.  If the beets are too moist, put them back in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes. You should get 4 balls
  7. Put balls back in the oven for another 10 minutes till heated through, remove from oven and serve with Tahini Sauce. Garnish with greens and sprouts if desired!
Tahini Sauce
4 tbsp (60ml) Tahini (well-stirred)
2 small or 1 large clove of garlic
1 – 2 pinches Coarse Sea Salt
3/4 cup (200ml) Plain Soy Milk
1 Tbsp (15ml) Corn Starch
  1. In a mortar and pestal smash garlic with a pinch or two of sea salt, till it forms a paste.  
  2. Add paste to a small sauce pan with the soy milk, whisk over medium-low heat till combined
  3. Whisk in the cornstarch till you reach the desired consistency and the raw garlic taste is gone.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, if too thick, add a bit more soy milk.
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Author: caseyangelova

Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria

15 thoughts on “Beet and Cashew Croquettes with Tahini Sauce”

  1. Beets and Cashews…..Two things I hated when I was a kid but have grown to love as an adult. I think it may have been a texture thing. Cashews have a waxy thing going and beets look like the buffalo liver in Dances with Wolves!! Ha Cheers~


  2. Thanks Lois B -both were good, but I like the roast flavor.
    Thanks Emily!
    Thanks Sharlene – My daughter only ate some of her beets, so I got to finish the rest, plus the tahini sauce! Yum!
    Thanks Trix – Let me know how it turns out!!
    Thanks Wine Blog – You gave me a chuckle!
    Perke – Too late! They were baked, but truthfully, it was just breaded with panko. I can't eat fried food for another 7 weeks! Argh!


  3. I've only been to CRU in vancouver. It's a cosy restaurant with high quality food. Not sure if the one in Sofia is under the same group.
    Your croquettes looks great though I'm not a big fan of beets.


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