Mascarpone Layered Beets

IngredientsVegetables, Nuts, Dairy
Day PartDinner, Lunch, Snack
Menu PartAppetizer/Small Plate
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Mascarpone Layered Beets

Source: Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics

Chef Merten won the “Mad About Crave Brothers Mascarpone Recipe Contest” with this eye-catching layered appetizer. It combines slices of salt-roasted red beets, creamy mascarpone filling, a drizzle of red wine and balsamic reduction and a sprinkling of crunchy candied walnuts for a tempting marriage of flavors, colors and textures.


2 large beets
Olive oil
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup red wine
1/2 of 1 egg white
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup walnut halves
Micro-greens, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Coat beets in olive oil and place in deep pan. Cover beets with ¼ cup salt; wrap pan with foil. Bake beets for 1 hr. With toothpick, check beets for tenderness. If still hard, cook 30 min. longer or until toothpick goes through with ease. Cool beets.
  2. Cut beets into 1/8-in. thick slices. Using a circular cookie cutter, form beets into medallions; set aside.
  3. In small bowl, combine mascarpone and scallions until well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
  4. In small saucepan over med.-low heat, combine balsamic vinegar and wine. Cook until reduced to consistency of maple syrup. Set aside to cool.
  5. Place walnuts into small plastic bag. With back of large spoon, crush walnuts into fine chunks. In small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Add sugar; whisk until combined. Fold in walnuts to coat with mixture.
  6. Place walnuts on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 10 min. in 300°F oven, checking every 3 to 4 min., until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. To assemble, place 1 beet medallion on plate. Using a piping bag, pipe about 1 tbsp. mascarpone on top. Layer another medallion over cheese and repeat once more until you have 3 medallions and 2 layers of mascarpone. Drizzle balsamic reduction around medallion tower and on plate. Sprinkle with walnuts and garnish with micro-greens. Serve at once.

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