Root Vegetable Fritters

Root Vegetable Fritters

  • 6-7 cups shredded root veggies- your choice! (radishes, sweet potato, rutabaga, carrots, and/or potatoes)
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup or so canola oil for frying
  • Salt & pepper
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 Tbps Shirarcha sauce

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fit your food processor with the grater attachment- run all scrubbed veggies through the grater. Alternatively, veggies can be grated by hand.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced leeks, maple syrup, salt & pepper, flour & milk. Stir until well mixed. Add grated veggies and fold into the batter ensuring everything is well mixed together.
  4. Place a baking sheet in the pre-heated oven.
  5. Heat oil in a rimmed sauté pan – a generous ½ cup at a time, with your hands form veggie mixture into patties. Place patties in heated oil (careful not to overcrowd) and pan-fry each side until golden brown.
  6. Transfer fritters to the baking sheet in the oven.
  7. Once all fritters have been pan fried and placed onto the baking sheet bake for 15- 20 min – if needed flip halfway through cooking to prevent one side from becoming overly crisp. I used a stone baking sheet and did not need to flip- you can also place a raised wire rack onto your baking sheet and bake the fritters on the rack which will allow the heat to evenly move around the entire fritter.
  8. While fritters are baking, make the dipping sauce by mixing the mayo & Shiracha together.
  9. Remove fritters from oven and serve immediately.


Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip

Fresh Winter Vegetables & French Onion Goat Cheese Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer

  • 1 large yellow onion – half of it cut into ½” rings & the other half finely chopped and seperated
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. olive or Driftless sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ c. mayo
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • ¼ c. goat cheese, crumbled (about 2 oz.)
  • juice & zest from ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp. ea. Worcestershire & hot sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • raw winter vegetables like carrots, beauty heart radishes, turnips, rutabagas, &/or beets

  1. In a small skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium/high heat & add the half onion cut into rings. Saute until starting to brown & turn down the heat to low/medium. Stir occasionally, scraping up any browned bits, until richly browned & starting to caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add garlic & saute another few minutes, then deglaze pan with vinegar & transfer caramelized onions/garlic to a food processor to cool. Meanwhile heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium/high heat & add the chopped half onion. Fry until golden, about 8 minutes, reduce heat to low/medium & cook another 10 minutes or so, until golden deep brown. Drain fried onions over a fine-mesh strainer inside a heat-proof bowl (reserve onion-infused oil for cooking with). Add mayo, sour cream, goat cheese, lemon juice/zest, Worcestershire & hot sauce to cooled caramelized onions in the food processor & puree. Stir in ½ of the fried onions & salt & pepper to taste. Serve topped with remaining fried onions.



Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6 servings

  • ¼ stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground ancho chiles *
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 large parsnips, cut into ½” chunks
  • 2 turnips, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1 rutabaga, trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾-inch wedges
  • 1½ tablespoons Driftless Organics Sunflower Oil
  • Course salt
  • ** Look for ground ancho chiles in the spice section of
  • many supermarkets or substitue chipotle, guajillo or
  • chili powder. **

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Stir ½ tablespoon melted butter, honey, lemon juice,
  3. garlic, thyme, ground chiles, cumin, cinnamon, and
  4. pinch of cayenne pepper in small bowl to blend.
  5. Season to taste with salt. Let glaze stand at least 15-30
  6. minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  7. Line large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Spread parsnips, turnips, and rutabagas evenly on
  9. prepared baking sheet. Drizzle remaining 1½ tablespoons
  10. melted butter and oil over; sprinkle with salt
  11. and pepper and toss to coat well.
  12. Roast for 40-50 minutes, until vegetables are tender and slightly browned.
  13. Pour glaze over vegetables; toss to coat evenly. Roast
  14. until glaze is absorbed and vegetables are browned,
  15. tossing occasionally, about 15 minutes longer.

Southeast Asian Slaw

Southeast Asian Slaw

  • 4½ cups grated mixed root vegetables of choice (such as broccoli stems, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, red cabbage, etc.)
  • ¼ c. fresh cilantro &/or mint chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 4 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar/honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sriracha-type hot sauce
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (garnish)

  1. Whisk together garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, & sriracha.
  2. Toss in grated vegetables & cilantro/mint. Taste, & add salt & black pepper as needed & toss again.
  3. Serve immediately topped w/ sesame seeds.
  4. Serves 4-5 as a side. Add spinach & grilled meat or tofu for a complete meal for 3-4.


Deep Dish Fennel Rutabaga Gratin

Deep Dish Fennel Rutabaga Gratin

  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 large or 2 medium rutabagas, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow potatoes, sliced
  • ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 2-qt. baking dish with oil.
  3. Combine cheese, flour, sage, salt, and pepper in bowl.
  4. Layer half of rutabaga, potato, onion, and fennel in prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and sprinkle with half of cheese mixture.
  5. Top with remaining vegetables; season with salt and pepper, if desired; and pour milk over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture.
  6. Bake 1 hour, or until liquid is absorbed and vegetables are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


Roasted Vegetables with Shallots & Apple Cider Reduction

Roasted Vegetables with Shallots & Apple Cider Reduction
Serves: 5-6

  • 1 quart pure apple cider
  • 6 cups mixed root vegetables of choice (parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, celeriac, carrots, etc.) cut into uniform sizes/shapes of choice – long strips, wedges, cubes, etc.
  • 3 Tbsp. olive/sunflower oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ c. shallots, diced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bring apple cider to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Lower heat to maintain a rapid simmer & cook until reduced to about ¼ the original volume, stirring occasionally (should take 20-30 minutes – be careful not to take it too far & burn it). Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, toss prepared vegetables in oil to coat & spread in a single layer onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Roast, turning occasionally, until just starting to brown but still au dente, about 20-30 minutes (if you have convection, use it – but lower cooking times).
  5. Remove from oven & sprinkle with salt & pepper & thyme, stir in shallots, & roast for another 10-15 minutes, until veggies are getting softer & golden browned.
  6. Toss with apple cider reduction & serve.


Roasted Rutabaga Wedges

Roasted Rutabaga Wedges
Serves: 6-8

  • 4 medium rutabagas (about 3 lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Cut ends off rutabaga & peel them.
  3. Use a heavy, sharp knife to cut each rutabaga in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 3-4 long wedges.
  4. Place wedges in very large baking pan 7 toss with oil to coat. Spread them into a single layer, keeping them from touching one another.
  5. Roast in a hot oven 20 minutes (if you’ve got convection, use it!).
  6. Use tongs to turn each wedge over. Roast another 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven & toss with balsamic vinegar & salt to taste. Serve hot.


Root Vegetable Quick Pickles

Root Vegetable Quick Pickles

Note: This recipe makes for some powerful, tangy pickles. If you prefer a milder mix, I’d recommend swapping in half water-half vinegar, and adding a touch of honey.
  • 1 quart jar w/ lid
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb of root carrots, beauty heart radishes, turnips, etc, thinly sliced (use a mandolin for best results)

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a pot, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it boils, dump in vegetables. Turn off the heat, so the vegetables stay crisp.
  3. Ladle immediately into your clean canning jar. Cover with lid.
  4. Let them sit in the fridge for at least three days before opening, and up to three weeks.
  5. Once opened, enjoy the pickles soon while they’re still fresh.


Maple & Porter Roasted Vegetables

Maple & Porter Roasted Vegetables

  • 8 c. mixed root vegetables, cut in 1” pieces (parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, etc.)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive or Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ c. Porter or Stout beer
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. grainy mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk together oil, salt & pepper, beer, mapley syrup, & mustard in a large bowl & toss in vegetables.
  3. Pour onto a large rimmed baking sheet & roast for about 25 minutes (uncovered), stirring a couple of times, until vegetables are softened but not browned.
  4. Add garlic & continue to roast for another 10-15 minutes, until vegetables are caramelized on outside & tender on inside (check a couple times to make sure they don’t burn; depending on your oven you may have to pour over a bit more beer if all the liquid evaporates).
  5. Serve hot.


Golden Gratin of Carrots, Rutabagas & Turnips with Sage

Golden Gratin of Carrots, Rutabagas & Turnips with Sage
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-6

  • Butter for the dish
  • Bechamel Sauce:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 Tbsp. onion, finely minced
  • 2 sprigs of sage, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled & cut into julienne strips
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large or 2 small turnips, peeled & julienned
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees & lightly butter a 2 quart gratin dish.
  2. Make the béchamel: in a saucepan, slowly heat milk with the onion, sage, & garlic. When it reaches a boil, turn off the heat. In another saucepan, melt butter & stir in flour & cook for a minute.
  3. Whisk in the contents of the hot milk pan.
  4. Cook until thickened & either turn heat way down & stir continuously for about 10 minutes, or transfer to a double boiler & cook for about 20 minutes.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, & nutmeg.
  6. Meanwhile, boil julienned rutabaga in salted water for about 2 minutes & drain.
  7. Cook the onion in butter in a small skillet until starting to brown & combine with the rest of the vegetables. Season with salt & pepper & transfer to gratin dish.
  8. Pour béchamel over the top, cover with bread crumbs, & bake until bubbling & golden on top, about 45 minutes.