If you've ever been to a Russian restaurant or had a meal at a Russian's home, you probably ate beets in one form or another. Beets grow well in Russia's cold climate and are therefor incorporated into a number of their dishes, including the all too familiar borscht, but this is no borscht dish.
I bought some precooked beets at the store the other day thinking that I'd just throw them on a salad. Instead, when noon rolled around, I found myself craving something a bit more substantial. With the four ingredients I scrambled together from the fridge, I created a delicious lunch that had just the right amount Russian flair to it.
For one serving you'll need:
- Cream cheese (plain or savory flavored) or chèvre
- 1 beet, peeled and boiled (precooked from the store works sublimely well)
- Cucumber, about 10 slices
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dill for garnish (optional)
Pop a piece of flatbread into the microwave, just long enough to warm it up.
Spread it generously with creme cheese (or chèvre, which just came to me...Yum!).
Salt and pepper it to your own taste.
Cut the beet into medium-sized slices. You want a bit of bite. Slice the cucumbers a bit thinner.
Assemble the veggies onto the flatbread in whichever pattern makes you happy. Aren't the colors fantastic?
I didn't happen to have any dill in the fridge, but had I, I would have added a sprinkling over the top.
Grab a fork and knife and enjoy the luxurious, yet simple meal you've just created for yourself. These would work great in mini form as well for appetizers at a dinner party or cocktail hour. You really can't beet it.