Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleons

READY IN: 1hr 20mins




  • Using a round cookie cutter (size will depend on size of beets), cut out as many rounds as you can. In a medium-size skillet, bring rice vinegar and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add beet slices in batches that you can manage, cook beet slices, turning once, about 2 minutes. Transfer slices to a paper towel–lined baking sheet. Pat dry and let chill. The left over scraps can be cooked up the same way to be used later in a salad.
  • Stir goat cheese together with the chives, parsley, 2 teaspoons thyme, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Bring orange juice to a boil in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup, 4–5 minutes. Be careful to watch this part closely. I burned the first batch, and it didn't taste yummy. Let cool. Transfer juice to a bowl along with remaining thyme, balsamic vinegar, zest, and shallots. While whisking, drizzle in olive oil and hazelnut oil; whisk until smooth. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper; let chill.
  • To serve: Put 1 beet slice on work surface; spread about 1 tsp to 1 tablespoons cheese mixture over beet depending on the size of your rounds. Top cheese with another beet slice, pressing down so cheese oozes to edge. Repeat to create a stack with 3 to 4 layers of cheese between 4 to 5 beet slices. Make as many stacks as you can with the slices you have. I ended up with 9 stacks because the beets I had were pretty small. Slice each stack into 4 wedges if large, or in half if they are small. Place salad greens on small plates and divide beets among them. Drizzle vinaigrette over each plate; garnish with nuts.
  • I had extra goat cheese left over, which I used to top some pasta a couple of days later -- yum.