I was recently looking for an easy appetizer with beets as I find myself acquiring more and more of a taste for them. I came across one by Jessica Merchant from How Sweet It Is and decided to try it out. My Beet, Goat Cheese, Honey Tart Appetizer recipe is pretty much a replication (I always do that first time making a recipe). It was easy to make, it helped me overcome my ignorance about working with beets and worth the effort.
Of course you have to like beets. On second thought, maybe even non-beet lovers would find this appetizer appealing. Beets have a bit of an earthy taste, but they are mild and pleasantly sweet and smooth. Paired with the tang of goat cheese, the sweetness of honey and the crunch of the puff pastry, they make a statement, but they are not overwhelming.
One tweak I would make in the recipe is to add the goat cheese topping after the tart is baked, not before. I would also consider adding some finely diced fresh peaches or pears on top. Some people may even prefer to leave out the goat cheese altogether. I tried adding some baby spinach as a base, but found it added no value. Apart from simple and tasty, this appetizer can be made ahead and I love that.
One final note. Don’t be intimidated by cooking beets (as I was). In this recipe, you roast them which brings out the sweetness and a gorgeous deep red-purple colour. Just be sure to wash your hands right after handling!