Pickled Beet and Apple Spread

Apple, Beet, and Goat Cheese Spread with Mint

by Megan on July 9, 2012


I like pickled beets. But I mentally associate them with salads.  I find I only eat them when I see them on a salad bar or buy them for my salads at home. I never see them as an ingredient in a dish. I even tried to Google recipes using pickled beets, only to get  recipes for pickled beets and salads.

picled beet spread

This month I was invited to play along with Kitchen Play’s  progressive dinner party using Aunt Nelly’s Pickled Beets. It’s a sponsored event where six bloggers are challenged to incorporate the same product  into their assigned course. I was assigned the appetizer!

At first I thought of a minced beet and goat cheese with arugula on a crostini. Then I thought no, maybe a egg salad sandwich deconstructed.  But that didn’t seem to incorporate the product very well. Then I went with a beet, apple, and goat cheese spread with mint and candied pecans.  Third idea is a charm! I almost ate the whole batch as my dinner that night.

Pickled beets, sweet apples and tangy goat cheese make this zippy spread, and the mint complements the snappy dish while giving it that green freshness and the sweetness and crunch of the candied nuts take it over the top.  It perfect for any time of the year  but with it’s pretty red color, it  would be fun to have on such occasions as the Valentines, 4th of July or Christmas.

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Apple, Beet and Goat Cheese Spread with Fresh Mint and Candied Pecans

1 jar (16 oz) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets

1 lg apple, cut into large chunks

2 oz goat cheese

Fresh Mint leaves

Candied Pecans, chopped


Pulse beets, apple, and goat cheese in a food processor  until combined.

Serve spread on crackers garnished with a fresh mint leave and top with chopped pecans

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1 Pru @ Perfecting Pru July 9, 2012 at 3:29 am

I would never have thought of this combination with the apple and mint but now I can’t wait to try it. Yum.

2 Amy Tong July 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love the flavor combination in your Apple, Beet and goat cheese spread. What a perfect dip for gatherings and parties. :) Can’t wait to give it a try.

3 Denise July 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

Great play with flavors. I love the addition of apple in this spread. I imagine it gives the spread a little sweetness. Will have to remember this recipe for our next cook-out with friends.

4 Jules @ A Little Bite of Life July 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I love the unique flavor combination of the mint with the beets and goat cheese….and the apple adds just the right amount of sweet!

5 RecipeNewZ July 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

When I first saw the color of this spread I thought: raspberries. And then I read the title :-) This is the first time I hear about beet – apple – goat cheese combo, but it sounds very good. I should give it a try some day. Thanks for sharing!
p.s. I got here from Barbara’s Evo post looking for your soup, but I don’t see it here yet. I guess I will have to come back :-)

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