Creamy, Garlicky Beet Crostini Recipe

a tray with several beet appetizers, with dill

Looking for a delicious and easy appetizer for your next event or dinner? You’ll love this easy Ukrainian appetizer! Creamy and garlicky beet crostini topped with fresh dill and crumbled goat cheese. It’s made with grated, roasted beets mixed with mayonnaise, loads of garlic and dill, then spread onto toasted baguette. This recipe is one of my personal favorites! My mom used to make this beet spread often and we would enjoy it as a salad. I love to use it as a topping for toasted bread and the goat cheese is a great addition!

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Ingredients for Beet Appetizer

Simple and easy does it for this delicious Ukrainian appetizer recipe! Here are the main ingredients you’ll need; find the full, printable recipe down below.

  • Beets: I like to use traditional red beets but orange or yellow beets will also work well.
  • Garlic: the more, the better! I like to use lots of fresh garlic for this recipe.
  • Fresh Dill: use fresh herbs for the best flavor and best results.
  • Mayonnaise: I like to use avocado oil mayonnaise – it’s so creamy and delicious.
  • Bread: use baguette or ciabatta bread for best results.
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Cooking the Beets – Two Methods

Start making these garlicky beet crostini with the beets. They need to be cooked before you can make the spread. This step can be done ahead of time; just keep the beets refrigerated. You can also use canned beets if you don’t have the time to cook raw beets.

  • Roasting Method: preheat your oven to 425F. Wash the beets first, then place onto pieces of foil. Season the beets with oil, salt and pepper, then wrap tightly with foil. Bake the beets for 45 minutes to an hour, until fork tender. Allow the beets to cool before handling.
  • Boiling Method: Place washed beets into a large pot filled with salted water. Make sure the beets are completely submerged. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a medium and cook the beets until they’re fork tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool first before handling.
a bowl of beet spread, topped with dill, on a table

Making the Creamy Beet Spread

Once the beets are cooked and cooled, start making the creamy and garlicky beet spread.

  1. First, use a pairing knife to peel the beets. Using a coarse cheese grater, grate the beets into a large bowl.
  2. Next, use a garlic press or zester and add the garlic to the beets. Add in the mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper to taste, and add the chopped fresh dill.
  3. Mix everything together and the spread is ready.

How to Make Garlicky Beet Crostini

  1. Slice the baguette on a slight diagonal for longer pieces of bread. Spread the bread onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven with the broiler on ‘high’.
  2. Use a small spoon and top each piece of toasted baguette with a generous amount of the beet spread.
  3. Garnish the beet crostini with fresh dill and crumbled goat cheese. The cheese is optional. You can also spread the goat cheese onto the bread before adding the beet spread.
a tray with beet spread and beet crostini, with dill

Serving Suggestions

Once the beet crostini is assembled, you can enjoy them right away. You can also enjoy the spread as a salad.

Need the appetizer for later? You can make the beet spread up to 2 days in advance and keep it refrigerated. When ready to enjoy, toast the bread, add the spread and serve.

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Creamy, Garlicky Beet Crostini Recipe (video)

20 mins prep + 1 hr cook
25 crostini
Creamy, garlicky beet crostini – an easy and delicious Ukrainian appetizer! You'll love this delicious beet appetizer recipe!

Ingredients 

  • 4 large beets, red, orange, or yellow
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 1 small bundle fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese, for topping

Instructions

Cooking the Beets:

  • Prepare the beets first. Leave the peel on when cooking them!
  • Roasting Method: preheat your oven to 425F. Wash the beets first, then place onto pieces of foil. Season the beets with oil, salt and pepper, then wrap tightly with foil. Bake the beets for 45 minutes to an hour, until fork tender. Allow the beets to cool before handling.
  • Boiling Method: Place washed beets into a large pot filled with salted water. Make sure the beets are completely submerged. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a medium and cook the beets until they’re fork tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool first before handling.

Making the Beet Spread:

  • First, use a paring knife to peel the beets. Using a coarse cheese grater, grate the beets into a large bowl.
  • Next, use a garlic press or zester and add the garlic to the beets. Add in the mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper to taste, and add the chopped fresh dill.
  • Mix everything together and the spread is ready.

Assembling the Crostini:

  • Slice the baguette on a slight diagonal for longer pieces of bread. Spread the bread onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven with the broiler on ‘high’.
  • Use a small spoon and top each piece of toasted baguette with a generous amount of the beet spread.
  • Garnish the beet crostini with fresh dill and crumbled goat cheese. The cheese is optional. You can also spread the goat cheese onto the bread before adding the beet spread.

Serving:

  • Once the beet crostini is assembled, you can enjoy them right away. You can also enjoy the spread as a salad.
  • Need the appetizer for later? You can make the beet spread up to 2 days in advance and keep it refrigerated. When ready to enjoy, toast the bread, add the spread and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1crostini | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg