Cooked beets are lightly pressed and pan-fried for a charred, crispy outer crust--similar to that of smashed potatoes. The herbed goat cheese dip makes this healthy appetizer or easy side dish even more delicious.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, October 2018


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 hrs


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place beets, vinegar and rosemary in a single layer in a large saucepan. Add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the beets are very tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Meanwhile, whisk goat cheese and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in chives and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature.

  • When the beets are cooked, transfer them to a cutting board. Cut each beet in half horizontally. Lightly press on each beet with a sturdy salad-size plate or mason jar to flatten it, but keep it intact. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper on both sides of the beets. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the beets and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides and crispy on the edges, 3 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining beets. Serve with a dollop of the goat cheese mixture.

Nutrition Facts

170 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 14.3g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.4g 13% DV; sugars 14.4g; fat 10.5g 16% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 7.3mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 282.9IU 6% DV; vitamin c 6.6mg 11% DV; folate 128.1mcg 32% DV; calcium 55.4mg 6% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 32.6mg 12% DV; potassium 411.7mg 12% DV; sodium 342.4mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV.

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Takes a while to make but I had all day because it was thanksgiving and it was my side dish. I served it over a bed of arugula with walnuts and pomegranate seeds. Didn t have chives so I added cilantro and other herbs to the cheese. Worked out fine thanks for sharing! Read More