Pickled Beet Dip ♥ Easy Recipe!

In a sea of 'brown' food, even the Peptobismol color of beets is much appreciated!
Today's vegetable recipe: A quick and easy dip made with pickled beets, cream cheese and horseradish. Quite addictive, smeared on bread. Great color for outdoor gatherings. Low carb.

No surprise that I loved this beet dip -- yes, when you collect beet recipes, people starting calling you the Beet Queen for good reason. But I didn't expect everyone else to love this beet dip -- but they did!

The dip starts with a jar of pickled beets and whizzes up in the food processor in just a few minutes. It keeps too -- making it easy to make ahead and keep on hand for several days.

Because you'll ask? Yes, the color is really truly that pink!

THREE DAYS LATER: Brilliant! My friend Tanna from the Dallas food blog My Kitchen in Half Cups made this dip using homemade pickled beets and substituting canned beans for the cream cheese! She served the dip at a 'Little Bites' Dinner detailed in a post called, Pink, Purple, Red or Rouge.


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Makes 2 cups

1 16-ounce jar pickled beets, drained (see NOTES)
1 thick slice red onion
8 ounces low-fat cream cheese (also called Neufchatel)
Horseradish to taste (see NOTES)

Chop the beets and onion in a food processor until very small. Add the cream cheese and process until smooth. Add the horseradish. Spread over crostini or crackers.

I used Aunt Nellie's Pickled Beets but these Swedish Beets (an easy homemade pickled beet recipe, no canning required) would work great too.
If you like, put aside one beet to garnish the top.
Commercial horseradish varies in hotness so this is definitely an ingredient to taste and adjust. I used two teaspoons, that wasn't enough for our taste.

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This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a growing collection of easy summer recipes being published all summer long in 2009 at Kitchen Parade, my food column. With a free Kitchen Parade e-mail subscription, you'll never miss a one!

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Alanna Kellogg
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  1. The color is amazing! My husband is a huge beets fan, so I'll share this recipe with him.

  2. yum! i have never done pickled vegetables before. but i am obsessed with beets. i have made another kind of beet dip with cooked beets, walnuts and cilantro. so good!

  3. Yes, I did ask! It's almost scary, but fun too. You know me and beets. Still, I am curious....

  4. Yummy. Nami-Nami. :) (PS you've reminded me that I should blog about the pickled beet and blue cheese quiche soon)

  5. pink ... looks purple to me but who cares ... I'm making this one. We both love beets and horseradish!

  6. I made this for my graduation from college extravaganza this weekend and taste-tested it last night. It. Was. Amazing. I'm not even a beet fan. But, this seriously, was incredible and I think my beet-crazy family will love it come tomorrow!

  7. Lydia ~ Isn't the color spectacular?

    VeggieVixen ~ This is completely up your alley, then.

    Lisa ~ Worth a try?!

    Pille ~ Hello Beet Princess!

    Tanna ~ So glad you liked it. I love-love-love your idea about substituting white beans for sour cream.

    E ~ Congratulations on two counts, then!


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