Roasted Beet and Chèvre Crisps are delicious bite sized appetizers made of roasted garlic and beets over creamy goat cheese. Perfect for Fall entertaining.
I’ve told you how much I love beets before. Not only are they a super food, but they sure are pretty. My most favorite thing to do with beets is to make beet soup and eat it with a triple threat grilled cheese sandwich. Oh my that sounds good right now. My kids love it when I make fresh beet salad with citrus. They gobble that stuff up like its candy. I wanted to try something different with my beets, especially with the holidays right around the corner.
This is one of those recipes I totally made up and it turned out so amazingly well. I surprise myself sometimes. I’m an engineer at heart so allow me to express my feelings in an equation:
((Beets + garlic + olive oil + a hot oven) * (soft goat cheese) / (perfectly crisp crackers)) ^ (sprig of fresh thyme) = YUM!
Aren’t they pretty? What more could you ask for in an appetizer besides pretty and delicious? Nothing, I tell you.
After I photographed all of these little crisps and proceeded to eat them all (which is my typical routine > cook, photograph, eat, repeat), I had extra thyme and got all crazy and stuff and put two sprigs of fresh thyme on one of my crisps. Yeah, do that. It was even better!
- 1 bunch beets, peeled and chopped
- 1 head of garlic, skin removed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- Crackers (I used Trader Joe's Pita Bite Crackers)
- Fresh sprigs of thyme
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small baking dish, toss peeled and chopped beets and garlic cloves in olive oil. Roast in preheated oven until very tender, stirring occasionally, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Process roasted beets and garlic in a food processor along with additional tablespoon of olive oil until smooth, scraping sides when needed.
- Goat cheese is hard to spread when its cold, so heat in microwave for only 5 seconds.
- Arrange crackers in a single layer. Either spread goat cheese on crackers or put in small plastic bag, snip the corner, and squeeze cheese into a circle. Repeat with garlic beet puree.
- Top each crisp with a small sprig of fresh thyme.