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cucumber with beet hummus and goat cheese

Best Beet Hummus

Earthy, brightly colored, naturally sweet beets transform into a flavorful dip or spread with the addition of almonds, garlic, and lemon. Spooned over cucumber slices, crackers, or set out along with pita chips, it makes a light and tasty pre-dinner nibble.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water (use beet cooking water, if desired)
  • 1/3 cup roasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (plus more as needed)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more as needed)
  • Optional serving idea: chilled English cucumber slices and fresh goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Trim off the beet greens and save for another use. Scrub the beets well and put into a medium pot covered by several inches of water. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Drop the heat a touch until the beets cook at a medium boil until tender enough that you can easily slide a paring knife into the center. You don't want any "crunch" to your beets. The time will vary depending on how big the beets are and how rapid the boil. Use a slotted spoon to remove the beets from the cooking water (don't toss the water, you will need it).

  2. When the beets are cool enough to touch, use your hands to slip the skins off of them, discard. Beet juice stains, so watch your clothing. It helps to do this step under running water to avoid staining your hands. .

  3. Cut the beets into quarters and put into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add 1 tablespoon water, the almonds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt. Turn on the processor and let it run until the beets turn into a fine puree. If it seems too thick, add another tablespoon or 2 of water and puree again. Taste it and add more salt and lemon if needed.

  4. To serve for an appetizer, spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons of Beet Hummus onto a slice of chilled, unpeeled, English cucumber. Top with a dot of fresh goat cheese.