Raise your hand if you love neon pink! Anyone? Bueller? Oookay, just me. How about this as a compromise? Naturally neon pink Beet Tahini Crostini. That’s more like it!
I kind of say this every year, but this summer has been pretty epic. It has been balmy by Austin standards (in the 90s!) so we’ve spent the days on boats, patio happy hours, parties galore and of course plenty of frolicking.
A few weeks ago, I found myself in a little funk. Which is weird for me. I’m pretty much always happy. What is this??? So I went back to my life philosophies: Do only things that bring you joy, rid yourself of negative people, live as if age doesn’t matter. Have. Fun. Always. Be. Awesome! Much better! So then I did the only thing I could think of. I splashed some bourbon in my coffee and whipped up these crostini.
My friends at Soom Foods (a trio of lovely sisters. And Jews!) sent me their tahini (and chocolate tahini!) to try. Whoa, this stuff sure is silky and delicious. Tahini (sesame paste) is a key ingredient in hummus, but there is no reason you can’t use it in everything!
I immediately thought of the beets I had in my fridge and made a little crostini topping. Crostini is a fancy word for stuff on toasted bread. Yum!
I combined the roasted beets with tahini, Greek yogurt, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
I ate some with a spoon (quality control of course) and then the rest went on my toasted baguettes!
Pretty in pink. With a hint of green and brown! Perfect for your next happy hour, theme party, or just because crostini is happiness.
- 3 medium beets
- 1 baguette, cut into ½ inch slices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped walnuts for garnish
- Basil, cut into a chiffonade, for garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place beets on a sheet of aluminum foil and then drizzle with salt, pepper and olive oil. Wrap tightly in the foil. Then cook for 1 hour in the oven until beets are fork tender.
- While beets are cooling, lower oven to 350 degrees F. Place sliced baguette on a foil line cooking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes or until browned. Immediately rub baguettes with one clove of garlic.
- When beets are cool, peel and place in a food processor with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 garlic clove, red wine vinegar, tahini, and Greek yogurt. Process and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread beet mixture on baguette slices and garnish with walnuts and basil. Goat cheese would be delicious on here too!