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Iceland Inspired Dishes: Roasted Beets with a Yogurt Dip

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Food is such a an essential part of travel and it is also such a prevalent part of my day to day. Every time I travel I become more deeply inspired by the culinary and cultural roots. Returning back into my kitchen with a new perspective of the traditional fare and ingredients helps me hone my craft.


Visiting Iceland in the winter lends itself to less vegetables on the menus, or should I say, more substantial vegetables…Beets. And yogurt to Iceland is like Pineapple is to Hawaii.


The colored contrast of yellow and red beets adds a splash of color to any table set. The yogurt dip only gets better with time. Make it, serve it, and save a little for fresh-cut vegetables and crackers, or whatever you like to dip. It is creamy, bright, with a gentle kick.

Below is the video i shot in my kitchen— Bon Appetit!


Beets Prep














  • 1 1/2 bunch of yellow and red beets, peels and cut into inch chunks
  • extra virgin olive oil, dressing beets and finishing dish
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons of each spice: cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and coriander seeds
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons of jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • the juice of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish


Beets Prep














Heat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and cut beets into 1 inch pieces. Spread out on sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then toss toss with cumin, mustard seeds and coriander. And roast for 30 minutes.

While the beets are roasting, make the dip. Mash the garlic with a pinch of salt to make a paste. then add the ginger jalapeño and garlic to the yogurt, Add the lime and the and season with salt and pepper.

When beets are finished cooking. Transfer from the sheet tray into a bowl. Swirl in the dip and op with cilantro leaves. And serve.

To watch the full video, click here!

Beets Final

Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)

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