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Beet Herbs Goat Cheese Crostini



  • 2 lbs. small red beets, cleaned
  • ½ lb. herbs goat cheese
  • 1 loaf sliced Rye bread
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 1 small bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled, chopped in ¼ inch cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 32 ounces water
  • 32 ounces Porter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic glaze
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup sweet gherkins, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Thoroughly wash beets with warm water to remove any dirt.  In a medium pan over high heat, place beets, water, beer, sea salt, thyme, garlic and shallots cover until it starts to boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from heat, drain water and rinse with cold water. Once cooled, cut off root tips & stems and you should be able to rub the skins off easily with a damp towel (so your hands don’t turn red).

In a mixing bowl, add diced beets, sweet Gherkins, balsamic glaze, dill, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, stirring gently. Lay bread slices on a baking sheet and lightly toast, 2-3 minutes on each side.  To assemble, spread herbed goat cheese over toast and top with beets.