Recipes from Ukraine // Beet Bruschetta

At first I was going to label this recipe “Russian”, but wasn’t sure why. I actually ate it in Ukraine, not Russia. However, many of the recipes that I will share from Ukraine are eaten in Russia as well, and probably in many more Eastern European countries. So – I decided to call these blogs “Recipes from Ukraine”, simply because I got the recipes from my time spent there. And I have no clue where they originated from.

I feel like a lot of people don’t like beets for no reason at all. If you hate them and have a good reason, comment! I am willing to listen. Once upon a time I thought I didn’t like them, but Ukraine changed that for me. You just have to know how to eat them I suppose.

One of the dishes I tried over there was this beet “salad”/bruschetta. I was extremely hesitant, as I am sure many of you will be too, but after trying it I couldn’t stop myself. Also, I could just be a really weird American. I got told that often over there. Either way, I’m am suggesting that you try this. Not to add, beets have a lot of health benefits.
IMG_8072 IMG_8087// What you need //

3 medium sized beets
1-2 cloves of garlic
2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
chopped walnuts (optional)
french baguette
basil for taste
(also is good with spreadable cheese like Laughing Cow, cream cheese, or chevre)

// Directions //

First you need to cook your beets until they are soft. My preferred method is to boiling. You can peel them either before or after (after is probably easier). Let them cool enough to touch them. Then, grate the beets into a bowl, add fresh minced garlic, mayonnaise, and walnuts if desired. Stir it all together.

Spoon some of the beet bruschetta on a piece of sliced baguette. If you want to, first spread some soft cheese onto the bread before putting the beets on. (This time, I tried it with some baby swiss Laughing Cow and liked it.) Top it with some sliced basil, and enjoy!IMG_8063IMG_8064

I should mention…beets are pretty messy.

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