For the Love of Beets

March 15, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes 4-5 Servings
Author Notes

What I love about this recipe is that it gives you that sweet, salty, herb punch that I happen to crave. Be forewarned that this project can get pretty messy around the kitchen. Don’t even think about wearing anything white, and have a towel on hand to keep beet juices from running around the counter tops off the cutting board. An apron will be useful too, or maybe your yard-work duds. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic. —Happyolks

What You'll Need
  • 3 golden beets
  • 3 red beets
  • 8 carrots, cut into sticks
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, 2 minced
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed multigrain baguette
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • Dash salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Wrap beets with a splash of water, olive oil, lemon juice, 2 sprigs of thyme, a few cloves of garlic, salt and pepper tightly in foil with skin, then roast 1 hour .
  2. Carefully unwrap, and when cool, rub off skins with a paper towel and discard. Chop beets into 1/2? cubes and transfer to a bowl. When there is about 15 minutes left on the timer for the beets, toss carrots and chopped bread with olive oil, garlic, and a little lemon in a bowl, then bake on a cookie sheet with parchment paper until the timer runs out.
  3. As soon as you pull the beets out, switch the oven over to broil mode and move the carrots to the top rack. As the beets cool, keep a close eye on the oven to make sure things don’t go up in flames. The carrots should be slightly browned and the croutons crispy.
  4. When all the components are done, mix together well in a large bowl with goat cheese and extra leaves of thyme and some s/p to taste. Viola. Soft, buttery beets and carrots, crispy croutons, and creamy goat cheese. Bon Appetite! For more photos/details please visit:

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  • Midge
  • hardlikearmour
  • Happyolks
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5 Reviews

Midge September 27, 2011
Beautiful! I love everything about this.
hardlikearmour March 15, 2011
OMG, this sounds amazing. I loooooove beets, and your combo of flavors and textures here is inspired.
Happyolks March 15, 2011
thanks! beets are my downfall, always!
hardlikearmour March 15, 2011
I don't think beets are much of a downfall!
Happyolks March 15, 2011
You're right, who am I kidding :) ;)