beet bruschetta with goat cheese and basil

Beet Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Basil and simple delicious appetizer that is full of amazing flavor! This simple beet bruschetta hardly needs a recipe. I love it not only for its flavor and burst of color, but for the way it takes the lowly humble beet and turns it into a rock star. Simple flavors come together deliciously and easily.  The creamy base is a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese, which gives the goat cheese a little extra lusciousness.  Beets are blanched, diced, and tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil ribbons…and the combination, to my palate, is just right. This earthy  appetizer is the perfect bite for your upcoming gathering or party.
And remember, if in a pinch, you can always purchase pre-cooked, store-bought beets.

beet bruschetta with goat cheese and basil

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized beets ( tennis ball sized) halved
  • 1 baguette, sliced at a diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • Olive oil for brushing bruschetta
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic
  • 10 basil leaves – cut into ribbons
  • 1/8 C finely diced red onion or shallot
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • In a medium put, cover halved beets with water and boil until just tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices at a diagonal. Brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and place on a sheet pan in a 400 F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until very crisp. Set aside.
  • Place cream cheese and goat cheese in a bowl and warm in a microwave until just soft enough to combine easily with a fork. ( I place the bowl in my toaster oven on low). Mix with a fork until smooth. Set aside.
  • When beets are fork tender, drain pot, refill with cold water and slip skins off the cooked beets under running cold water using your hands. Dice into very small 1/3 inch cubes and place in medium bowl.
  • Add finely chopped onion, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil and balsamic -stir to combine.