Beautiful beetroot dip

Beautiful Beetroot Dip

Jane Mason
Beetroots are plentiful at any time of year and have the benefit of being inexpensive to buy and very easy to grow – even in pots!  
This spread is bright with that fantastic purple beetroot colour and uses one of my favourite herbs of all time:  tarragon.  There are various types of tarragon (you can read about them here) so just use the one you can get and if you find it does not have a lot of flavour, use a different one next time.  


  • 300 g Beetroots Green stalks removed
  • 3 tbs Sour cream
  • 30 g Horseradish sauce or 1 tsp grated fresh horseradish
  • 30 g Tarragon leaves chopped finely
  • 30 g Cucumbers finely cubed
  • 1/2 Lemon squeezed for the juice only
  • 1 tbs Capers very finely chopped
  • 1 Spring onions green and white parts, finely chopped
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Place the beets in cold water and bring to the boil You will need to simmer them for 60 minutes for a large and 30 minutes for small beets. If you do this in a pressure cooker it halves the cooking time.
  • Let them cool and then remove them from the water (in the sink) and slip the skins off with your hands. Remove the top and the tail too.
  • Chop the beets into small cubes and then, using a fork, roughly mash about 2/3 of them. Place the beets into a big bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the sour cream and the salt/pepper and mix well to blend everything together.
  • Add the sour cream and give it a stir. Add salt and pepper, stir again. Taste and adjust. You may want more lemon juice, for example.
  • Scrape this into an attractive bowl and use it as a dip for crackers or raw vegetables.
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