My FAV Holiday Appetizer: Beet and Walnut Spread

I love experimenting and trying new recipes…I seem to do it mostly around holidays, special occasions and dinner parties.  Probably the oddest time to try something new (b/c the chance for failure is greatest and the stakes are highest….it must be the thrill of it!!!) Once I find a recipe I really like, I tend to use it as a “go to item” for a few weeks.  Over Thanksgiving I came across a really interesting recipe for a beet spread- I did a little modifying and changing and this is what I came up with.  Its super easy, delicious and a healthier alternative to some of the calorie loaded holiday and winter recipes that we often come across.  The recipe has creme fraiche in it (so it’s not 100% healthy…I don’t want to mislead anyone…but its a healthier alternative to a cheese spread! lol.)  Enjoy!

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CHARLESTON FOOD WRITER’S BEET AND WALNUT SPREAD:

  1. 1 large beet
  2. 1/3 cup of walnuts
  3. (5-8) sprigs of fresh dill for the dip and 2 sprigs for garnish
  4. 2 Tbsp creme fraiche for the dip and (1 Tbsp for garnish)
  5. 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  6. 1 tsp roasted caraway seeds

Peel the beet, cut into large chunks (toss into a food processor and chop finely).  Spread beets onto a baking sheet and bake at 400 f. for 20 minutes (stirring 1-2 times).  The last 3-4 minutes the beets are in oven, toss the caraway seeds in a corner of the pan to toast them lightly. I really like to consolidate and use the least amount of dishes, pans etc.. possible (I’m sure that professional food industry people are cringing while reading this post…I am untraditional and I’m sure do things, just plainly wrong.  I like to find what works for me-and just go with that.  For better or worse, thats just me).  In the food processor finely chop the walnuts, add the dill, creme fraiche and newly roasted beets, sherry vinegar, half of the caraway seeds and blend everything together, really well.  Put spread in bowl, garnish with  the remaining creme fraiche and dill springs, sprinkle remaining caraway seeds on top and serve!!! I love to serve this spread with celery sticks, baguette bread or crackers:)  Happy Holidays!!!

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