Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage | Naturally Ella

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Over the years, beets have become my go-to item to take to picnics and potlucks. I realize that might sound surprising but my goal is to make something with beets that everyone loves (even people who don’t get excited about beets). My first experience with this came with a CSA potluck and this beet cake (which I then turned into cupcakes). From there, I’ve made salads, dips, and mains with beets. Some are misses but for the most part, I’ve managed to spread the good word about beets.

This beet dip is nothing short of amazing. Beyond the beautiful color, the combination of beets and sage pureed with the warm, slightly sweet taste of pecans creates the perfect fall dip. Try this dip with crackers, toasted bread, or even some fellow vegetables like carrots and endives. I always have a stash of pecan halves in my freezer (helps keep them fresh) that I pull out and soak- no thawing needed! Pecans keep in the freezer for up to two years and can be thawed/frozen a few times without losing flavor. You can also put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll keep for about nine months. Plus, with help from the pecans, this dip is loaded with good fats and protein (which is good because I ate about half this dip for lunch- it’s that good!)

Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-11-18T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 45 minutes 2017-11-18T00:45:00+00:00 Serves 6 to 8 servings     adjust servings Calories 177
Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage | Naturally Ella

A beautiful and flavorful red beet dip that is pureed with sage and pecans for a warm, fall flavor. Vegan and gluten-free!

Ingredients

    Dip

    • 1 pound red beets
    • 1 large shallot, divided
    • 1 clove garlic, peeled
    • 1/2 cup raw pecans
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
    • 3 sage leaves
    • Salt

    Topping

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons sliced shallot
    • 3 sage leaves
    • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Trim the ends from the beets and peel (see note). Cut into roughly 1” pieces and place in a roasting pan. Peel the shallot and cut into large pieces, reserving a small portion for the topping. Place in the roasting pan along with the clove of garlic. Toss with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast until the beets are tender, stirring occasionally, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.
    • While the beets are roasting, cover the pecans with water and let soak.
    • When the beets are slightly cool, place the pecans and ½ cups of water in a blender (see note). Puree until the pecans begin to break down. Add in the beets, balsamic vinegar, and sage. Puree, adding more water if needed, until the dip is smooth and there are no pieces of beets and pecans left. Add a pinch of salt, taste, and add more as needed.
    • Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and saute for a couple minutes, just until fragrant. Move the shallots to one side and add the sage leaves to the pan. Continue to cook the shallot and fry the sage leaves. Remove the sage leaves once fried and remove the pan from the heat. Add in the pecan pieces and swirl to lightly toast the pecans in the hot oil.
    • Transfer the dip to a bowl and spoon the pecans/shallots/oil mixture over the top. Crush the fried sage and serve with your favorite crackers, toasted bread, or vegetables.

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    Recipe Notes

    Tips & Tricks: I chose not to peel the beets for this recipe because after roasting and pureeing in a blender, you can't tell. However, if feel free to peel the beets as you need.

    As for the blender, I found this dip works well in the high-speed blender however, a regular blender or food processor will work. Just make sure the beets are soft. 

    Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: beets, pecans, sage

    Nutrition:  see the information.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 177 Calories from fat
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 13.721%
    Saturated Fat 1.58%
    Sodium 159.87%
    Carbohydrate 13.24%
    Dietary Fiber 4.317%
    Sugars 7.5
    Protein 3

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Beet Dip

    variations

    This is one of those recipes that I urge you to try as-is. This beet dip was a recipe that I knew would be delicious but one bite and I fell in love. Plus, it’s hard to pass up so a beautiful, vibrant color!

    Herbs: I really love this dip with the sage but you could also use dill and/or chives. Try playing around with the different herb flavors and see which combination you like best!

    Vegetables: If beets aren’t your thing, this dip would also be excellent with carrots. The sweetness from the roasted carrots would be a lovely companion for the pecans.

    Uses: I had leftovers of this dip and also used it on toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and as a small spread for a cheese board!

    Pecan Beet Dip with Sage and Olive Oil | Naturally Ella

    Disclosure: This recipe was created in partnership with The American Pecan Council. All thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s content like this that helps me keep this site running to provide the vegetarian recipes you see every week.