Candy Cane Beet & Goat Cheese Board

This festive and easy appetizer is a colorful addition to any holiday spread. If you can find precooked beets, they help save time. The honey balances the richness of the goat cheese and the earthiness of the beets, while candied pecans add a satisfying crunch.

Candy Cane Beet & Goat Cheese Board
Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 medium beets, rinsed (about 1 pound)

  • 1 8-ounce log goat cheese

  • teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied pecans

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Place beets in a microwave-safe dish. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. Cover the dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on High until fork-tender, 12 to 15 minutes, turning the beets once halfway through to prevent mushiness. Transfer the beets to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, trim off and discard stems and skin. Slice the beets into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, about 16 slices.

  2. Meanwhile, to aid slicing, place goat cheese in freezer until it's slightly firm, about 10 minutes. Cut the goat cheese into 1/4-inch-thick slices, about 14 pieces.

  3. Shingle 2 slices of beet followed by 2 slices goat cheese placed side by side on a serving platter. Repeat the pattern to create a candy cane shape. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with chopped pecans and drizzle with honey.

To make ahead:

Prepare beets (Step 1) and goat cheese (Step 2) and refrigerate separately for up to 1 day. Proceed with Step 3 when ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 oz. goat cheese & 2 slices beets
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Vitamin A 434IU 9%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Potassium 237mg 5%

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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