Jul 23, 2010

roasted beets on crostini

Hike Day

We were supposed to have a picnic, but the weather was only cooperating for the hike. Although we went home to eat, this certainly can be picnic fare or even a lovely appetizer or lite meal.

I roasted some beets, and sauteed some minced onions in balsamic vinegar. This softened the onions, reduced the vinegar to a sweet syrup and got rid of the extra acid. I made a dressing for the beets with Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, smidge of agave, the onions, the reduced balsamic, a dash of dill weed and salt 'n pepper.

The 'feta' I had left over from a few weeks ago. It kept really well, covered with oil, very much like sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil. I mashed it up, added a crushed-to-smithereens garlic and seasoned it with salt, pepper and dill, echoing the beets. For good measure, I topped it with some of those beautiful sprouts. They reflected the earthiness of the beets magnificently.

Slapped 'em on some toasted bread - crostini - and we were all set. 

 Uncommonly good.

Cost Breakdown:
beets: $2
bread: $3
feta: $2
onion, dill, olive oil, Dijon, balsamic: $2
Total to make a bunch of these (20?):


  1. These roasted beets look phenomenal and I love that roasted beets are so easy and delicious!

  2. I have to agree - they are delicious and easy to prepare - as long as you remember to put down some wax paper before peeling and cutting them. As for the hands, it's kind of cool having red hands for a little while - unless you have to go somewhere, lol.

  3. Good Morning! I love roasted beets but I never make them... Time to change that! I wish that was at my table right now! love it! looks sensational! Have an awesome Saturday! loads of food love! ♥♥♥ megan

  4. I've never had roasted beets. I bet it takes on a whole new flavor than boiling them. Never knew, thank you for sharing!

  5. Wow, these look fantastic. I love the idea of putting them on a crostini. I think beets are often overlooked and yet are so versatile and (don't tell the kids) good for us.

  6. I won't tell the kids! They were fantastic. It's amazing what a litttle lite dressing and roasted beets can do for a toast.


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