Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese & Hot Honey

In this sweet and savory side, beets are sliced and cooked until tender in water with a splash of vinegar before crisping up under the broiler with tangy goat cheese on top. Hot honey adds spice, and thyme adds fresh, herby notes.

Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese and Hot Honey
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 2 large beets (1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese

  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot honey (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven: preheat to 425°F.

  2. Toss beets, oil, salt and pepper together in a large broiler-safe pot. Arrange the beet slices in a single layer in the pot. Combine water and vinegar in a measuring cup; pour over the beets. Cover and bake on the lower rack, flipping the beets once, until very tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove from the oven and turn the broiler to High.

  3. Arrange the beets in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Use a mason jar to firmly press each beet slice until flattened but still intact. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Broil on the upper rack until the beets are crisped on the edges and the cheese is browned, about 4 minutes. Drizzle with hot honey and sprinkle with thyme.


To make your own hot honey, heat 1/4 cup honey and 1 tsp. crushed red pepper in a small skillet over medium heat until the honey is loosened and bubbles form on the edges. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 203IU 4%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 126mcg 32%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 382mg 8%
Zinc 1mg 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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