Recipe: Roasted Beet and Horseradish Dip


Roasted Beet and Horseradish Dip 

Commercial beets in cans have done more damage to the vegetable kingdom’s reputation than can ever be undone. (with the possible exception of canned spinach and canned asparagus)  The often maligned beet becomes sweet and delicious when roasted; the roasting concentrates the sugars. Baking beets in this way make them very easy to work with. 

The vibrant purple hue of beets and their sweet earthy flavor make a fascinating dip when combined with tangy horseradish and mellow cream cheese. This really is a beautiful and surprisingly tasty dip with a bite of horseradish. Give you old tired holiday dips a break this year and try something new. 

6 whole fresh medium beets

8 ounces cream cheese

3-4 tablespoon prepared horseradish (more or less to taste)

2 green onions, minced (for garnish) 

Remove all but 3 inches of stems from the beets and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes (or until a knife inserted in one of the beets slides in easily). Remove from the oven, unwrap from the foil and set aside to cool. 

When completely cool peel the beets with the tip of a paring knife and place in a bowl of a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add a dash of salt if needed. 

Place in a serving bowl and refrigerate till serving time. Garnish with the finely minced green tops of 2 green onions. 

Serve with toasted pita wedges, thin cheese strips, tortilla chips or, raw crudités  (celery sticks, cauliflower in dip size pieces, blanched whole green beans, etc.)

  1. I love food that makes me smile, full of colors and passion. Thank You!

    • kristy
    • November 4th, 2009

    Haven’t taken this for a long long time! Not easy to find horseradish over here. Though I still remember the flavour… absolutely yum!

  2. Great and original dip! I would never have thought to combine cream cheese, beets and horseradish together.

  3. Such lovely colour. I love beets but do not like to prep it. alittle messy….

  4. Very unique!!! I love horseradish and beets, but my hubby is not a fan of beets. 🙂
    I would love it!!

  5. ’bout the only processed beets I have eaten are the pickled ones in a jar, but homemade is so much better….this sounds and looks beautiful – reminds me of Harvard beets without the sweetness, or tang…..a favorite with roast beef (which at first is what I thought this post was about…eyesite must be failing)

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