Beets and goat cheese are the hot new couple. They're well-matched because of the beets' earthy sweetness and the cheese's mild tanginess. Short on time? Use canned pickled beets instead of fresh. Prepare the components of this tasty appetizer ahead, and assemble it at the last minute.
3/4 pound beets (about 2 medium)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (5-ounce) package goat cheese
1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
24 (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette, toasted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare beets, leave root and 1 inch of stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish; add 1 cup water to dish. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Cut beets lengthwise into quarters, and cut each quarter crosswise into 9 (1/8-inch) slices.
In a medium bowl combine the vinegar, rind, juice, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beets; toss gently to coat.
To prepare cheese spread, combine goat cheese, mayonnaise, tarragon, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and garlic in a small bowl. Spread each baguette slice with 1 teaspoon cheese mixture; top with 3 slightly overlapping slices of beet.
Fantastic+! Leftovers are better than the initial serving and the initial serving is fantastic. Because I didn't have it on hand, I used flat parsley in place of the tarragon. This truly is special - especially if you like beets. The cheese spread is a keeper unto itself - super good.
I made this as a Thanksgiving appetizer. It was delicious! I loved it! I ended up using canned sliced beats to save time. I was a little concerned about them tasting canned, but it was great! I drained and rinsed them. Then I tossed them with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette, lemon zest, salt and pepper. It was wonderful and a huge time saver. The goat cheese spread is also delightful, I'll be making that for a variety of toppings.
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