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Beet and Goat Cheese Canapés

Beets and goat cheese: the perfect combo for any time of year! Sweet and tangy beets pair perfectly with a dollop of fresh goat cheese. These simple beet and goat cheese bites are an easy appetizer to make. They’re beautiful, colorful, and, most importantly, delicious.

Recipe and photo by Naomi Green of IVGreenhouse!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large beets
  • 7 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Wrap your beets in foil, drizzle a little olive oil on top, and seal up the foil package.
  3. Put package either on a baking sheet or straight on the oven rack and set a timer for 1 hour.
  4. While your beets are roasting, whip your goat cheese and add your cream one tablespoon at a time until you have a super smooth (but NOT runny) mixture. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Put your mixture in a piping bag with an open star tip.
  6. Remove your beets from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Put some gloves on, get a kitchen towel, and rub the outside of your roasted beets until all the skin comes off.
  7. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.
  8. Use an inch or inch and a half cookie round to punch out your bite-size beet pieces.
  9. Pipe a little of your goat cheese mixture onto each beet round and top with a little sprig of fresh thyme.
  10. Serve your appetizers with wooden skewers or festive toothpicks!

Recipe Notes & Variations

  • If you can’t find goat cheese, try replacing with cream cheese or ricotta.
  • Play with herbs too—you can switch out thyme for rosemary or mint. We also love this appetizer made with lightly pickled beets!
  • If you’re still feeling cheesy after this light and easy appetizer (we bet you will be) try this Spring Onion and Asparagus Gnocchi with Burrata recipe.

2 Comments

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    Crystal Jimenez
    October 8, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    For a plant based version I tries Myokos chive cheese wheel and it was delish!! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Imperfect Foods
      October 14, 2020 at 11:37 pm

      Yum! Love that alternative option!

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