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Roasted Beet Bites W/Goat Cheese, Walnuts, & Fresh Dill

 

Mmm beets.  Deliciously sweet and tasty beets.  I LOVE them!  And made like this, they’re incredibly easy and scrumptious!

It’s so simple- just some roasted beets, some crumbled goat cheese, toasted walnuts, and fresh dill.  Voila… an easy treat sure to impress anyone you may be feeding :)

 

 

Roasting beets is simple… you just drizzle some olive oil over some beets, sprinkle with salt, and bake.  Thing is, they can take a while to cook, especially if they’re big guys!  So it’s a great thing to do while you do other things… like cook other dishes, watch TV, or even sleep.  Yes, sleep.  These are a great thing to prepare the night before so they’re ready to go when you’re ready to eat.  That’s what I did here.  I roasted them the night before and then when I wanted to eat them, just had to take them out of the fridge, assemble them, and enjoy them!!  Your choice, but if you do make them the night you want to eat them, allow yourself some time to let them cool- you want the beets nice and cold when you top them with the tasty goat cheese~walnut goodness!

 

Don’t they look like tuna or something?!  These colorful little beauties come in all sorts of shades- deep purple, orange, yellow, pink, orange, and even striped… they’re all tasty!  (And super healthy!!)  I usually don’t cut them into geometric shapes, but saw a picture of some little square-ish beets recently on Pinterest and thought, “I should do that!”  Such a beautiful way to enjoy these naturally beautiful little treats!!

 

These make great little appetizer/hors d’oeuvres… they’re bite-sized and
perfect for eating with your fingers!!

No need to measure for this recipe- just assemble and devour…

INGREDIENTS

bunch of small/medium beets

goat cheese

chopped walnuts

fresh dill sprigs

olive oil & salt, for roasting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Remove stems and clean beets

Place beets over a large piece of foil

Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over beets and sprinkle with salt

Wrap beets up in a little foil pocket- use another piece of foil to completely

cover beets if necessary- you want them fairly air-tight

Place in oven and roast for about 1 hour, until soft when

pricked with a fork (this will vary depending on beet size)

When done, refrigerate beets (in foil pocket) until cold

(If making ahead of time, you can keep them in fridge overnight or until ready to use)

Beets may get a little wrinkly overnight,

but no worries- that wrinkly skin is coming off anyway

(It’s what’s on the inside that counts!)

It’s so easy to remove skin- just peel away with fingers and it will come right off!

(If it doesn’t come off easily, then they are not quite done yet)

Get all the skins off and discard…

Using a sharp knife, cut the ends off the beets to make a square shape

Sort of like this… they don’t have to perfect :)

See all that deliciousness you just cut off?  Keep that!

It will be perfect in a small salad or side dish later :)

Just bag ‘em up and refrigerate!

Kay, now you have your little beet squares… place on a large

serving plate of some sort and set aside while you toast walnuts

Heat walnut pieces over medium-high heat (in a dry pan- no oil needed) and let cook

until fragrant and lightly golden, stirring frequently so they don’t burn

Meanwhile, crumble goat cheese on tops of beets

When walnuts are done and have cooled a wee (otherwise they’ll melt the goat cheese),

press a few pieces into the cheese

Place a small piece of dill into the cheese/walnuts to garnish beets

Enjoy!

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