Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout &Dill

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

As a kid, I never looked twice at a beet.  Back then, they were a vegetable I was usually forced to eat, but never consumed by choice. I think a lot of it had to do with how they were prepared or maybe integrated into a dish. As a youth, no one ever showed me what an absolutely awesome vegetable the beet actually was.  When they’re perfectly roasted, the beet’s natural sweetness and earthiness is developed.

I was invited to a birthday brunch last weekend, and was given the task of bringing an appetizer. I thought these Golden Beets with Smoked Trout and Dill was the perfect choice to bring. Growing up in Philadelphia, bagels and lox was a Sunday morning staple, so this was my take on that dish. The combination of the sweet beets, the smokey taste of the fish and the tart cream cheese was loved by all.  I like when that happens.

Roasted Golden Beets

Roasted Golden Beets

Roasted Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill 

  • 12 medium size golden beets or 6 large
  • 1 package of Smoked Trout (usually in the deli section)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • couple sprigs of dill
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 24 water crackers


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the green, leafy tops off of the beets. Place all the beets in a large bowl, and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and then toss to coat. Wrap 3 beets (if using small ones, or 1 at a time if using large ones)  in aluminum foil to make little packets.
  2. Place the aluminum packets on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes. The size of the beet will determine how long you need to roast it. A larger, denser beet will take longer. The beets are done when you can pierce them with a fork. When they’re done, open the packets and let the beets cool. Once cooled, place the beet in between a paper towel and rub the beet skin right off.
  3. Slice the beets into 1/8 – 1/4 inch slices.
  4. Place a beet slice on a water cracker, top with a little dollop of cream cheese, a piece of the smoked trout, and a tiny sprig of dill.

Mama’s Tips

The size of the beet will determine the cooking time. Larger sized beets will take longer in the oven. They’re done when you can pierce them easily with a fork.

You can find the packaged Smoked Trout in the deli section of your market with the packaged lunch meats and smoked salmon. I bought a 5 ounce package, and it was plenty.

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

Recipe: Easy

40 Comments on “Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill”

  1. bakeritalia says:

    Yum! I love beets too and served with smoked trout would be wonderful

  2. I love beets – this looks delicious!

  3. I love the idea of using beets and smoked trout together, I think they would complement each other perfectly. Beautiful picture as well.

  4. Mmm … Delicious!!!

  5. I’ve started to eat beets 1 year ago so any new recipe is welcome! beautiful photos!

    • They’re a very underrated vegetable. Glad you found them!

      • Yes, I’ve only started eating them since I was introduced to borscht last year. Before then, the only kind of beets I’d had were canned, and even spinach and carrots (some of my favorites!) taste awful canned. I mean, really, what tastes good canned?

        These beets look yummy and they go perfectly with my frequent mini meals grazing kind of appetite, so I’m happy to have a new healthy idea! 🙂

  6. I love golden beets, their flavour isn’t quite as powerful as the red variety, which I prefer. These look like perfect little nibbles!

  7. Wow! I’ve never seen golden beets before!

  8. davegon says:

    I’m in awe. You’re such an inspiration with your food pics! I just had golden beets for the first time several months ago. I like them better than the red ones.

  9. I don’t eat much fish, but trout is one that I like. These bite size treats are beautiful to the eyes and quite delectable to the palate. The touch of dill is just perfect.

  10. That looks so good!! I think i will try it.

  11. Love these beautiful beets. That golden colour and the delicate green fronds are heavenly. I’ve no doubt these were loved by the guests at the Party. The smokey addition of trout would be a sure fire winner too.

  12. cloverleaf says:

    These are so pretty, Sheryl! Can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  13. I didn’t even know that golden beets existed. Got to try it, don’t know if I’ll find yellow beets though.

  14. What a beautiful appetizer! The golden beets are wonderful. Love that they don’t stain everything either 🙂

  15. df says:

    I was also a latecomer to appreciating beets, and now I think they are such a delightful veg. I’ve actually never tried the golden variety/varieties though, and I now I must. What a fresh take on an appetizer Sheryl!

  16. ohlidia says:

    Oh, how pretty! And delicious, I’m sure! Great idea for appetizers, and one I’m sure to try next time I’m entertaining.

  17. Carolyn Chan says:

    That looks so elegant and pretty!

  18. Victoria says:

    Looks Devine!

  19. Sheryl, I sympathize with your childhood beet horrors. Ill-prepared vegetables forced upon innocent youngins’ – in my case, it was canned beets. I love how you describe the lovely flavor that roasting beets develops: earthy and sweet. Yes, this is “bagels and lox” elevated. I am quite strange: I always use goat cheese in place of cream cheese on my bagel; this would also work well in this recipe, as well. As for those delicious beetroot tops, what a treasure. We make beets weekly. Generally I sauté the tops, but for the recipe, a tiny, fried beet leaf garnish might be the ticket. Beautiful appetizer; your friends are lucky!

  20. They look beautiful and so scrumptious!

  21. Simply delicious appetizer…
    never seen any golden beet before, tempting to try for sure!!!

  22. Karen says:

    A lovely combination of flavors…I can see why the appetizer would be enjoyed by your friends.

  23. When I was a kid, I could not be bothered with beets. I thought they were a waste of time. They were hard to peel, took a long time to boil, etc. etc.

    But now, as a grown-up, I love beets! My mouth is watering, just looking at your photo of the roasted beets. I can only imagine how wonderful they were…

  24. themondaybox says:

    Beets with goat cheese is my favorite salad. I’ve had it at restaurants molded in dome shapes. The creamy cheese (in your recipe cream cheese, in my experience goat cheese) is so delicious paired with beets! I haven’t seen these golden beets in our stores…but then again, I haven’t been looking. Now I will look! Though I am not a fan of smoked fish, the idea of serving cream cheese or goat cheese on rounds of beets is one I will definitely use for appetizers! Your recipes always have such elegance! Thanks, Sheryl!

  25. These are beautiful.. and so colorful! Looks like a wonderful party food 🙂

  26. Brooks says:

    My childhood introduction to purple canned beets wasn’t ideal, but as an adult I’m willing to come back to the table—especially with the attractive roast on yours here. Moreover, your thoughtful, yet simple presentation brings lush flavor profiles in a neat little bite. I spotted some golden orange beets at Whole Foods the other day. I think I’ll return to buy some.

    • Thanks Brooks for your always thoughtful comments. I think we all have childhood beet horror stories! I must say, i always love the produce at Whole Foods, my favorite place to hang!

  27. Jess says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Love colourful and vibrant dishes like this one 🙂

  28. I never ate a beet until about a few years ago. Crazy, right?! Chinese people don’t use it in their cooking so I wasn’t exposed to it until I was an adult. The first few times I saw red beets on a plate, I refused to eat them because I thought they were pickled, thus the red colour. So ignorant! A friend enlightened me by advising that’s the way they are. I finally got over my fear, tried them and now I LOVE beets! Thank goodness for culinary bravery and changing tastes, right? Your appy looks delicious – what a fabulous combination of flavours and textures! I’m sure these went really fast at your brunch.

  29. thefolia says:

    A prize-winning gift I have to say–I’m sure everyone enjoyed this one at the lunch gathering. I love the beet greens as well, try sauteing them! Happy Nesting.

  30. This looks great, and my daughter and I were just talking about how much we love golden beets! Thanks!

  31. infotabletop says:

    What a lovely combination in colour and taste. Thank you

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