I’m not a big fan of crisps and dips partially because there’s a studenty assumption that a pot of pink tarasmalata, a few crisps and a glass of warm white wine makes a social occasion. Secondly because there’s something vaguely unhygienic about it all. However I like the dark and savoury flavour of these beetroot crisps dipped in chilli chocolate sauce, plus the quirkiness of the blend does make them feel festive. As for being unhygienic – use a napkin. 

Possible  wine matches are Pinot Noir, Merlot and Rhône varietals (e.g. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre). However I bet the top match would be a Champagne with a high proportion of Pinot Noir and little or no dosage (sugar). Two of my favorites in this style are: Champagne Alexandre Bonnet 2004 non-dosage Pinot Noir and Philipponnat, Royale Réserve, Non-Dosé NV. Both are lean, have a real red fruit character and a lovely effervescent lift. Now that really would make a special occasion.


Beetroot Crisps with Chocolate Chilli Sauce

500g Beetroot


Small onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon oil

2 small chilli

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

Pinch cumin

Good shake mixed herbs

2 tea spoons honey

1 table spoon plain flour

1 table spoon cocoa

1 pint vegetable stock


For the crisps

Peel and slice the beetroot thinly and evenly preferably using a mandolin.

Deep fry in hot vegetable oil for a couple of minutes until crispy.

Drain on kitchen paper.

For the sauce

Finely chop the onions, garlic and chillis.

Sweat the onions, garlic and chilli slowly for around 10 minutes.

Add the spices, herbs and honey.

Then add the flour and cocoa and blend to a paste.

Slowly add the stock, stirring all the time, then leave to simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce should be thick but add more stock/water if it is too gloupy.

Serve the sauce hot in a bowl on a platter with the crisps heaped around it.





2 Responses to “Recipe – Beetroot Crisps with Chocolate Chilli Sauce”

  1. peppermead Says:

    Am loving this recipe. I often play scrabble with friends, and it strikes me that this would be a perfect accompaniment to a friendly match of the aforementioned game. What can I use instead of a mandolin – I have an old viola in the attic, will that suffice?!

  2. katrinaalloway Says:

    Hi Mr / Miss Peppermead

    I too am a scrabble fan and have found this recipe has inspired me to use the ‘full scrabble’ or a seven letter word. As for using a viola instead of mandolin feel free do so, however for a mandolin you would get 10 points and for a viola you would just get 8 points not taking any doubles/triples into account. Hope that helps.

    best wishes

    Chocolate Chilli Cupcakes

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