Chèvre & Beet Bites

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These simple beet & cheese bites are perfect for your holiday PARTY! 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.

And remember, if in a pinch, you can always purchase pre-cooked beets from the store.

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 30 mins 

Total time: 50 mins 

Yield: 25-30 bruschetta

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 and place on a sheet pan in a 400 F oven for 15 minutes, or until crisp. Set aside.

Place cream cheese and goat cheese in a bowl and either 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 small 1/3 inch cubes and place in medium bowl. 
Add finely chopped onion, salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil and balsamic -stir to combine.

Assemble: Spread a little goat cheese mixture on each bruschetta creating a “trough” ( to hold beet mixture in place) and top with a Tablespoon of beet mixture. Garnish with a few basil ribbons. It's really nice to served when the goat cheese is still a touch warm. Serve on a white platter to show it off, or a rustic cutting board.

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