Ruby-red beet chips with garlic lemon chive dip make the perfect appetizer or snack!
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I haven’t always been a beet person. In fact, I used to think they tasted like dirt, and I hated the fact that they turned pee pink.
That’s just weird.
Seriously, though, can you blame me for disliking beets? I had only seen them in their crinkle-cut form at salad bars, where they languished between canned corn and stale croutons. I wanted to like beets, but I couldn’t.
Oven roasted beets changed my mind. The oven deepens their flavor and caramelizes their juices, making them tender and delicious. I even tried pureeing the beets with some lemon juice, which was much tastier than I expected! As you can see in these Instagram posts, I had a lot of fun with beets. After a while, I decided to branch out from the traditional roasted beet. I whipped out my fourth-favorite* kitchen tool:
In case you don’t know what a mandoline is, here’s a helpful article that explains it. For the purposes of this blog post, all you need to know is that it slices food into very thin slices, and it also slices your fingers into very thin slices.
That’s what happened to me.
I positioned my hand on the tool improperly, so that my pinkie finger was in a prime position to be sliced by the mandoline. It’s mostly healed now, but for a while the tip of my finger was beveled like a twelve-carat diamond ring.
After that incident, the mandoline moved from #4 on My Favorite Kitchen Tools to #4000000000000.
It was replaced with The Chef’s Knife.
Lesson of the day: be careful around mandolines, kids.
Lesson of the day, the sequel: make yourself some beet chips with garlic lemon chive dip, and be happy for the rest of your life.
I ate these beet chips with garlic lemon chive dip in two sittings, with some help from my sister. Would you believe I used to dislike beets? I wouldn’t — especially when they’re in CHIP form! Let’s break these down.
First, slice your beets. Carefully.
Next, lay out your beet slices on a greased OR lined cookie sheet. This is important, for they will stick if you don’t.
Drizzle the slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt/pepper.
Bake! <— Am I the only one who just said that in the voices of the Great British Bake-Off hostesses?
While the beet chips are baking, prepare the dipping sauce.
The dipping sauce is so good. It has a mayonnaise base, and it’s full of lemon zest, chives, and garlic. Those are the only ingredients! I used homemade avocado oil mayonnaise, but you can certainly buy some if you prefer.
Pop your beet chips out of the oven, into the dipping sauce, and inside your mouth! Ta-da! You have yourself some beet chips with garlic lemon chive dip, and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them. They’re crazy good for you, so you can safely eat the entire batch. <—mwahahahaha
I won’t bore you with too many beet facts, but just know that beets can’t be beat!
- Beets contain
- B vitamins
- Beets are
- good fo yo heart
- Beets might
- help you improve stamina <— thanks, endurance-boosting nitrates!
- make your brain work better <— thanks, nitric oxide!
- fight chronic diseases <— thanks, betalains!
I found all of this information in this article from Health.com. I am not a medical professional.
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*My Favorite Kitchen Tools:
- Vitamix (love of my life)
- Spiralizer (I asked for this tool on my Sweet Sixteen, which was the best decision I ever made.)
- A Spoon (for all that nut butter, you know?)
- The Mandoline, before accident.