Easy roasted beets with goat cheese recipe
Easy Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese is a delicious and healthy side dish that can be enjoyed at your dinner table any time of year. They are also incredibly easy to make!
This simple recipe requires just a few ingredients and about an hour of your time. The combination of creamy goat cheese and earthy beets not only captivates your taste buds with its sweet and earthy notes but also adds a touch of vibrant color to your plate.
I am a huge beet fan! They are my favorite roasted vegetable.
Unfortunately, no one else in my household agrees with me so I don’t make them very often. But when I do… I make a big batch so that I can eat them in multiple ways.
I love warm beets straight out of the oven with butter and sea salt. I could eat them as a meal all on their own, but they are equally as delicious cold.
My Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Prosciutto is a great example. It has a tangy Dijon mustard dressing and sometimes I add thinly sliced red onion to add a slightly sharp flavor. It is truly one of my favorite salad recipes.
Why should you Roast Beets?
Roasting fresh beets is a popular cooking method for several reasons:
- Enhanced Flavor: Roasting beets intensifies their natural sweetness and enhances their earthy flavors. The heat caramelizes the sugars in the beets, creating a delicious, slightly crispy outer layer and a tender, sweet interior.
- Improved Texture: Roasting beets results in a pleasant contrast of textures. The outer layer becomes slightly crispy, while the inside remains tender and succulent.
- Ease of Preparation: Roasting beets is a simple and straightforward process. It requires minimal effort, and you can roast a batch of beets with little supervision while attending to other tasks.
- Versatility: Roasted beets are incredibly versatile. They can be served as a side dish, used in salads, blended into soups, or incorporated into a variety of other recipes. Their sweet and earthy flavor pairs well with a wide range of ingredients.
- Nutrient Retention: Roasting beets helps preserve their nutritional value. Unlike boiling, which can leach some nutrients into the cooking water, roasting beets helps retain their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Easy to Peel: After roasting, the beet skins become easier to peel. You can simply rub the skin off with a paper towel or your fingers, which is much simpler than peeling raw beets.
- Beautiful Presentation: Roasted beets are visually appealing. The vibrant colors of different beet varieties add an attractive and colorful element to your dishes, making them visually enticing as well as delicious.
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Let’s gather up the ingredients
- 4 whole beets, scrubbed and trimmed- you can use red beets or golden beets
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- Sea Salt
- Black pepper
- 2 ounces of crumbled goat cheese
- Optional: fresh herbs, such as chives
Now let’s get cooking
How to roast beets:
Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). While it’s heating up, wash the beets thoroughly, and trim off the tops and roots.
Rub the beets with olive oil and place them in an oven-safe dish with a lid: If you don’t have this type of dish, you also can wrap each one individually in aluminum foil and then place the beets on a rimmed baking sheet.
Roasting: Roast in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beets are fork-tender. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the beets, so check them periodically.
Cool and Peel: Once the beets are tender, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10-15 minutes. This makes it easier to peel the beets. After cooling, the skin should easily slide off with a gentle rub using a paper towel.
Slice and Arrange: Slice the peeled beets into rounds or wedges, depending on your preference. Arrange them on a serving platter or individual plates.
Assemble: Crumble the creamy goat cheese over the warm roasted beets. The slight warmth of the beets will soften the cheese, enhancing the creamy texture.
Drizzle and Garnish: Drizzle extra-virgin olive over the beets and goat cheese. Add a handful of fresh chives for a burst of flavor and color.
If you don’t have an hour and you want a quick way to make this roasted beets with goat cheese recipe, Use your Ninja Foodi Air Fryer!
- Start by preheating your air fryer to 400˚F for 5 minutes.
- In this instance, I do recommend peeling and cutting the beets.
- While the air fryer is preheating, cut the tops and root ends off of the beets. Use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler to peel the skin off.
- Depending on the size of the beets, you’ll want to cut each one in halves, quarters, or eighths. Try to cut the pieces the same size so that they will roast evenly.
- Add beets to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
- Brush olive oil on the air fryer basket. Add the beets and spread them out into a single layer.
- Cook at 380˚F for 15 minutes, shaking after 8 minutes. Larger beets may need more cook time. Cook the beets until they can easily be pierced with the tip of a knife.
Tips for Success
- When making dishes that require very few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients is super important. Be sure to use fresh beets, high-quality goat cheese, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. If you can find a Farmer’s Market near where you are traveling make the trip. Our favorite olive oil is California Ranch Global Blend
- Can be served warm, room temp, or cold. These beets are fantastic right after roasting when they’re still warm. The goat cheese crumbles soften slightly when they hit the warm beets…Heaven! But they can also be made in advance and served at room temperature or cold in a salad with fresh arugula and toasted pecans.
- Even size. Make sure the beets are relatively the same size so that they roast evenly
- Use a colorful variety of beets to make a beautiful roasted beet salad.
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar for a tangy and slightly sweet flavor.
- Garnish with fresh basil leaves, feta cheese, and pine nuts instead of goat cheese and chives.
- Serve the roasted beets on a bed of arugula to make an impressive salad with a peppery bite.
Frequently asked questions
CAN YOU FREEZE Roasted BEETS?
- Yes! Hardy root vegetables are a great candidate for the freezer. When properly prepared, frozen beets can be stored in the freezer for 9-12 months. It’s nice to cook beets in big batches. Use what you need and freeze the rest.
DO YOU HAVE TO COOK BEETS BEFORE FREEZING THEM?
- I do recommend precooking beets before freezing them. This helps them to retain vitamins and nutrients and also preserves the color. Unblanched beets will be mealy and grainy when defrosted or cooked.
Full post for how to freeze roasted beets coming soon.
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Easy roasted beets with goat cheese
- Oven or Air Fryer
- 4 beets
- olive oil
- Kosher salt
- black pepper
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 425℉
- Wash and trim the greens off of the beets.
- Rub them with olive oil and then place them in an oven-proof baking dish that has a lid. Season with salt and pepper. You could also wrap them individually in aluminum foil and place them on a baking sheet or directly on the oven grates.
- Roast the beets for 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size. They are done when they can be pierced with a fork. After the 45 minute point, check every 10 minutes until tender.
- Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before peeling. The skin should peel off easily using a paper towel.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate the whole beets until you are ready to serve.
- To serve, slice or cube the beets. Arrange them in a dish. Drizzle the top with extra virgin olive oil and then sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles and chives.