Crispy Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 6 small or 4 medium beets (about 1 pound), trimmed and either scrubbed or peeled

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • ¼ cup goat cheese (2 ounces), at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

  • Pinch plus 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

  • Pinch plus 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    Crispy Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

170 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 283IU 6%
Vitamin C 7mg 7%
Folate 128mcg 32%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 412mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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