You can serve these winter vegetables on top of either beet slices or individual puff pastries, or try half-and-half and arrange on a platter for guests to sample both options. These appetizers are quick and easy to prepare, great for last-minute holiday entertaining.
2 medium sized red beets, peeled and sliced into 1 mm chips on mandolin (or individually-sized puff pastries, as shown in the photo)
Vegetable oil for frying
1 large carrot, peeled and boiled until firm
1 parsnip, peeled and boiled until firm
1 yellow beet, cooked and peeled
1 tbsp fennel fronds
200 g chèvre cheese
Step 1: Heat oil to 300°F and cook beet slices until crisp, approximately 8 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending upon thickness of slices. Drain onto paper towel.
Step 2: Grate carrot and parsnip on box grater or rasp.
Step 3: Chop yellow beet into brunoise.
Step 4: Place 1/2 tsp chèvre on chip, then a pinch each of yellow beet, carrot and parsnip.
Step 5: Garnish with a fennel frond, sea salt and ground black pepper.