Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pistachio

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Yield : 24 Prep Time : Cook Time : Ready In : Layered flavors of earthy roasted beet puree, tangy goat cheese, and buttery pistachio makes these crostini an impressive and delicious bite. The optional blood orange extra virgin olive oil adds a bright finish.

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This recipe for Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pistachio (and optional but delightful Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil drizzle) is a lovely layered bite combining earthy beet puree,  tangy goat cheese, and buttery pistachio nuts. The Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive oil adds a bright, citrus to the mix. Impressive and delicious

Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pistachio

Ingredients

  • For the Roasted Beet Puree

    1 pound (about 3 medium) beets, washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (see notes in making of)
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • For Excellent Basic Crostini

    1 French Baguette
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup chopped, roasted, salted pistachio nuts
  • For the BEST Crostini

    Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to drizzle

Method

Step 1

Prepare the Beet Puree

Heat the oven to 400°F.

Wrap the beets together in foil and seal tightly. Place on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven for about 1 hour, or until a paring knife or skewer, when inserted into the center of the largest beet, meets no resistance. Remove beets from oven and allow to cool.

Step 2

When the beets are cool enough to handle, remove the skin with your fingers, a cloth, or paring knife. Cut beets into quarters and place in a high-speed blender or food processor. Add the lemon juice, tahini, and garlic. Blend until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. Add the olive oil, and blend to incorporate. Season to taste with salt. Set-aside.

Step 3

For the Excellent Basic Crostini

Reduce the oven to 350°F.

Slice the baguette on the diagonal into 1/3 inch (approximately) . Place slices on a cookie sheet and into the oven for 5 minutes, turn and continue for 3 - 5 minutes more or until they are golden and crisp.

Step 4

Layer the beet puree over the crostini and top with goat cheese, OR layer the goat cheese on the crostini and top with beet puree. Sprinkle chopped pistachio over.

Make them the BEST

Drizzle with blood orange extra virgin olive oil if you want to take them over the top.



 

{The making of 

Roasted Beet Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pistachio}

I was looking for an appetizer to serve at a dinner party – a passable appetizer. Something easy to make in advance, something easy to serve, something easy to eat. And of course, something delicious.

Crostini are always easy to serve. They are easy to make. And they are very versatile in what one can put on the top.

Soft cream cheese with smoked salmon – easy but ordinary.

Blue Cheese with pear or apple – also a good idea but also pretty ordinary.

Bruschetta? Again, good choice. But tomatoes are not in season and still pretty ordinary.

I wanted something different.

I love beets. Aside from beets being considered one of the worlds “healthiest” foods, roasted beets are delicious. How about a puree of roasted beets?  That would be pretty. Bright red puree with a sweet earthiness. And so it began.

 

 

The Beet Puree

As I was thinking and researching the best beet purees, I found one that used tahini in it, but called itself “Beet Hummus” rather then beet puree. I guess they figured it had tahini, so therefore must be hummus. I thought, for about a nano second, to call my puree humus, but only for a nano second. Hummus, literally means chickpea in Arabic, and since neither their’s nor mine contained any chickpeas, calling it hummus, while sexier then puree, would be wrong. So puree it is, although I did add the tahini. If you don’t have tahini, substitute 1 teaspoon of roasted sesame oil.

Roasting the beets

Roasting beets is simple. Heat the oven to 400ºF ; trim the top and root end of the beets so that only a tiny bit of the stems remain, do not cut deep into the beet, just trim to the beet, wrap them in foil, put on a cookie sheet and bake until tender. Generally speaking, small beets will take about 45 minutes, medium sized beets, an hour or so, and large beets about an hour and a half. To check for doneness, stick a skewer into the middle of the beet, right through the top of the foil. If it goes in easily, the beets are done.

If cooking more then one size beet, it’s best to wrap them up according to size in smaller packets so the smaller ones don’t get overly done while you wait for the larger ones to finish. When tender, remove the foil packet from the oven and open it to allow the beets to cool. As soon as they are cool, remove the skin by gently rubbing with your finger (put on some gloves if you don’t want to deal with pink fingers for a while); or you can use a paring knife and carefully remove only the outer layer of skin, taking care not to cut too deeply.

Once peeled, cut the beets into quarters, or even smaller if so desired, and place into a blender container and whirl into a smooth puree. A high speed blender works best, but even a small blender will work, you will just need to stop and scrap the sides more often to get the right consistency.

 

 

Layers of Flavor

So now I have this sweet earthy beautiful vibrant puree of beet. What else?

I think it needs some tang. Goat cheese is tangy. Goat cheese and beets are wonderful together. So that’s the next layer.

Or wait, should the goat cheese be the first layer?

Believe it or not, the way you layer this crostini will affect your taste. Beets on top, you get the earth then the tang. Goat cheese on top, tang then earth. My favorite way to layer these two components was, goat cheese bottom, puree on top of that, then a plop of goat cheese again. Tang, earth, tang!

So far I have a very lovely crostini.

But wait, there’s more!

 

 

We have earthy. We have tang. We need something sweet. Buttery.

In comes the beautiful, buttery pistachio. Lightly salted, roasted pistachio is the perfect finishing mouth feel, flavor for this crostini.

 

 

So there it is. Done. Perfect bite. Crisp bread, earthy beets, tangy goat cheese, buttery salty pistachio…

Until…

 

 

Blood Orange Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Brian and I attended a crab fest to support the Soroptimist charities. And I won my silent auction lot. Four “award winning” local extra virgin olive oils – one of which was blood orange infused. As soon as I got into the car with my new found riches, I thought…hmmmm…I’ll bet that orange olive oil would taste pretty good on those crostini I made.  Since I had left-over puree, and some goat cheese, I decided to make new crostini toast and try out the new thought and…

 

 

PERFECT!

Now I’m done. No need to mess with perfection!



 

 


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by bb on March 31, 2017

    When you first look at this recipe you might think…beet crostini??? hmmm but once you try it you will know why it works and it’s really good on the waistline for something so tasty and filling
    The goat cheese is the key; marries the earthiness of the beet with the savory crunch of the toast

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    96
  • Fat
    5g (2g Sat, 2g Mono, trace Poly)
  • Protein
    4g (1g Sat, 2g Mono, 1g Poly)
  • Carbohydrate
    9g
  • Dietary Fiber
    1g
  • Cholesterol
    7mg
  • Sodium
    166mg
  • *Per piece. May vary depending on how much goat cheese and puree you use. You may not use all the cheese or puree.

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