My dad gave us a huge number of pre-boiled beets in shrink wrap a little while back, and we decided to break out the last of our stash the other day. The next thing we had to consider was what to do with them. While we tout the endless possibilities of Beet Recipes, we were struggling to come up with a concept for our 37th beet meal. Luckily, we found our inspiration in an appetizer that my wife and I had at a local restaurant at the suggestion of a friend.
The appetizer at play, Whipped Ricotta, was one we would have never thought to pick without our friend highlighting it…we instead would have skipped right over it in favor of something more Brussels Sprout based. But, it was SO good! The ricotta was so light and fluffy, and we immediately knew we needed to play with the concept. Only a day or two later, Chef Mimi posted a picture of a whipped feta dish on their Instagram, and we started thinking of other cheeses that might whip well, and Chèvre was where our minds immediately went since Beets and Goat Cheese go so perfectly together.
Our idea formed, we got to work! We whipped our goat cheese with a little milk to make it creamy and fluffy before scooping it atop fried beet slices and finishing off with a honey drizzle. The end result was a really fun appetizer that my family eagerly devoured!
Time: 90 Minutes (20 minutes if using pre-boiled beets)
Ingredients (makes 3 appetizer portions):
- 3 Beets
- 4 oz Chèvre
- 2-3 Teaspoons Milk
- If starting with raw beets, add them to a pot with water, and boil until soft. Then, remove from your water, and set aside to cool briefly. Once cooler, use your thumbs to press the skin to peel.
- Slice your beets. Then, heat a griddle with a little oil, and add your beet slices.
- As your beets fry on the first side, add your goat cheese to your stand mixer, and pour in your milk. Use your whisk attachment, and whip your cheese on low. Begin to increase the speed as your ingredients combine, and whip until your cheese and milk merge and become fluffy.
- Flip your beets, and cook the other side.
- When your beets are done, arrange them on your plate(s).
- Top with scoops of your whipped goat cheese.
- Drizzle some honey over everything.
- Devour, and enjoy!