Let me begin by saying, I have never been a huge fan of beets. However, that all changed the day I decided to roast them myself and create these fabulous Roasted Beet Caprese Towers. Of course, I grabbed these beautiful beet bundles at my local farmer’s market. The caramelized, sweet taste of the roasted beets paired so well with the creaminess of the fresh sliced mozzarella cheese from Galbani.
As you may know by now, I love creating unique versions of a Caprese Salad, or Caprese Stack. Be sure to check out my recipes for Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks and Heirloom Tomato Caprese. Lastly, my Caprese Pasta Salad has gone viral on TikTok. It’s a winner, for sure!
Of course, I had a ton of fun creating a short TikTok video making these fabulous Roasted Beet Stacks. See recipe below to view. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.
HOW TO ROAST BEETS
Roasting beets is super simple. Be sure to scrub them well. Cut off each end. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Tightly wrap in foil. Basically, you can either wrap each beet individually, or in a group, as I did. Roast at 400° for at least an hour. The beets are done when you can easily poke a skewer through the middle.
WHAT DO ROASTED BEETS TASTE LIKE?
Inherently, beets have an earthy flavor. As the beets roast in the oven, they caramelize creating an added sweetness.
ARE ROASTED BEETS KETO FRIENDLY?
The short answer to this is NO. However, you may still be able to enjoy them in smaller quantities. Although, not keto friendly, beets are part of a low carb diet plan. It’s all about the macros.
HOW TO PEEL AND SLICE ROASTED BEETS FOR CAPRESE TOWERS
Once cool enough to handle, the outer skin of the beet needs to be removed. One can do this by hand, or by rubbing the skin with paper towels. Try to avoid using a knife, as this may remove too much of the yummy flesh.
Using a sharp knife, cut the beets to just under 1/2″ rounds.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ROASTED BEET CAPRESE TOWERS
After roasting and slicing the beets, the fun begins. In my opinion, I prefer the combination of both red and golden beets. The flavors of the two are quite different. Red beets are more earthy. Whereas, golden beets have this sort of brightness in color, and in flavor.
As one of the main components to any Caprese Salad, be sure to use tons of fresh cut basil. Additionally, in keeping with just a touch of tradition. I added a few halved cherry tomatoes, as garnish.
You may be wondering why I decided to use fresh mozzarella, as opposed to the more traditional cheese pairing. Typically, beets are served with either goat, or feta cheese. One, I am not a huge fan of either of those cheeses. Two, I wanted this recipe for Roasted Beet Caprese Stacks to be a unique twist on a simple, Italian favorite.
Honestly, there was so much else going on with this Caprese Salad, I felt like I did not want the cheese to overpower the dish. This happens quite often when pairing a dish with the pungent flavors of both goat and feta cheese.
Oh, and the nuttiness from the shaved Parmesan garnish, sent these Roasted Beets to a whole new level. Do NOT leave this out!
SPICY ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
YES, I could have used the old standby of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But, why?
The inclusion of the orange juice and orange blossom honey was the perfect touch. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab a bottle or two of this Golden Balsamic Vinegar from Delallo. The brightness and crispness from this vinegar, goes so well with any summertime salad.
The heat from the crushed red pepper was very mild. If you have an aversion to spicy food, leave them out.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE ROASTED BEET CAPRESE TOWERS
To assemble the Roasted Beet Caprese Towers, you can either create on individual plates, or on a platter. Start the base with a roasted beet slice, seasoned with a touch of kosher salt and black pepper. Top with a generous serving of fresh mozzarella. Luckily, Galbani offers pre-sliced, fresh mozzarella logs. Add a large, fresh basil leaf and another beet slice.
Keep building and alternating with the beet varieties. Build as high as you wish!
Once the Roasted Beet Caprese Towers have been stacked, add a few halved cherry tomatoes to the platter. Drizzle everything with the spicy orange vinaigrette. Garnish with chiffonades of basil and freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!Print
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