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roasted beet arugula and goat cheese panini

March 5, 2013

Last night not only did I stain a brand new white t-shirt with beet juice but I also sliced open my finger while chopping up the darn things.  In a moment of panic Taylor suggested we order take-out.


Take-out was not an option. I pulled myself together and finished what I started. And guess what? I would do it all over again. These roasted beet and goat cheese sandwiches were worth the mini disaster!


I love a good old-fashioned grilled cheese every now and then. However, sometimes I like to dress my grilled cheese sandwiches up a bit.  And when I dress any of my food up for a fancy occasion it usually calls for beets!

Photo1Taylor and I had a date night that included these fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, a wardrobe change, a couple of band aids and a bottle of wine. It was the perfect evening.

The best part is that I learned a few valuable lessons:

1. Farmers have no business owning white t-shirts

2. Everybody needs to keep their kitchen knives sharpened

If you are worried that these sandwiches are too risky or dangerous to make just trust what Taylor said after his first bite. “Babe, you nailed this.”

Sharpen your knives, wear an apron, and make this sandwich.

Roasted Beet Arugula and Goat Cheese Panini (serves 2)

This is more of a “throw it all together” recipe. I eyeballed the measurements and urge you to do the same.

4 pieces of french bread

2 large beets

goat cheese

a few tablespoons of olive oil

a few handfuls of arugula

salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 375. Scrub your beets. Slice them into 1/4 inch rounds. Toss them in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a prepared baking sheet and roast for about 20-30 minutes (or until beets are fork tender) flipping beets halfway through.

Once beets are done roasting remove them from the oven. Leave the oven on at the same temperature.  Smear a little goat cheese on the bottom of each sandwich followed by the beets. Crumble more goat cheese on top of the beets. Place sandwich bottoms and lids (separately) in the oven and bake for about 2-5 minutes (or until cheese is slightly melted) remove from oven and add a handful of arugula, a healthy drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Top each sandwich with its lid and enjoy!


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27 thoughts on “roasted beet arugula and goat cheese panini

  1. Pam Lewis says:

    Don’t see any blood on the bread. We had a lovely pickled and orange salad last night. Beautiful!

  2. hope your cut wasn’t too bad! these sandwiches look amazing!

  3. Love the combo of beets and goat cheese. Love that you persevered and avoided paying for takeout. Love that farmers should avoid white shirts. So true.

  4. themondaybox says:

    I love beets and goat cheese. I have to take the plunge and learn how to roast beets instead of buying them ready cooked. I’ll follow your directions and we’ll see how it goes.

  5. girlversusdough says:

    Mmmm I want this sandwich in mah belly!

  6. This looks so scrumptious! I just discovered roasted beets this past summer. Before that, I always upheld I would hate beets until my last breath, but roasting does something so divine to them. I loooooove the looks of this sandwich. Sorry about the preparation disaster, but it looks like it was well worth it!

  7. “In a moment of panic.” I feel like my days in the kitchen are filled with these! Way to persevere! My jury’s still out on beets, but I’ll eat just about anything in a panini!

  8. I just made a roasted beet, arugula, and goat cheese panini last week that I was going to post soon too .. Great minds think alike! 🙂

  9. Sorayya says:

    Yum! These look delicious. Have you ever noticed that too many beets at once leaves you with a scratchy/extremely dry throat? I sadly discovered this happens to me after I juiced an entire beet for myself. Love ’em, guess I just have to constrain myself!

  10. Deborah says:

    You know what’s funny? I don’t even like goat cheese, but this looks sooo good to me right now!!

  11. Julia says:

    Awww your finger really took one for the team cause these sandwiches look phenomenal! I love goat cheese, beets and arugula equally which makes this a trifecta of pure bliss! Love that Taylor gave you a much needed compliment in support of your painful endeavors! Beautiful food as always!

  12. Cara says:

    I just came across your blog. My husbands family lives in the Gorge area–MIL lives in White Salmon and SILs both live in HR. I am excited for your farm! I will have to tell them about it! P.S. if you are ever in need of a massage from all your hard work look up my SIL Julia DeArmond–she is fantastic! Looking forward to following your journey.

    1. drealieberg says:

      I am totally going to look up your sister-in-law for a massage! Thanks for stopping by the blog. If you find yourself in HR one of these days come say hi!

  13. I love a panini, these sound fab!

  14. These paninis definitely look worth ruining a shirt for! (I’ll just be sure to wear a black one when I make them ;-)_

  15. Glad you braved the mini disaster to make these and post them for us! They do look worth the trouble. A grown-up grilled cheese is one of the best things ever!

  16. Looks like you had the perfect date night :). These amazing panini paired with a glass of wine – my kind of enjoyment.

  17. Looks tasty and i am not a big beets and arugula fan!

  18. YUM! I tend to always slice my fingers in the kitchen too. I’m amazed that I still have all ten 😉 I’m glad these delicious sammies and a bottle of wine cured your injury and stained shirt!

  19. Sue says:

    Looks Yum!!

  20. Sophie33 says:

    A wonderful & tasty sandiwch! yes, please!

  21. Monet says:

    What a beautiful sandwich (and much needed after a rough start!) I hate ordering take-out too, so I can totally relate to the desire to finish what you’ve started. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Julie says:

    Happy Tuesday! I found your blog through the sharing of your Rise and Shine smoothie with Barre3. It was my breakfast this morning….YUM! Now I have enjoyed perusing your blog. I grew up a NW farmer’s granddaughter, and those ol’ genes have been coursing through my veins a lot lately. Thank you for following your dream to farm. Now I need to get some beets to try this sandwich. (By the way, I never saw my grandpa in anything white….ever! Overalls, a farm cap, and a dog glued to his side. The best accessory of all!)

    1. drealieberg says:

      I’m so happy you found the blog! Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  23. Genevieve says:

    I love the combination of roasted beets with goat cheese in a salad, so turning that into a sandwich sounds like a great idea to me! This would be a nice quick dinner to make if you have leftover roasted beets, and I like how the arugula lightens it up a bit too.

  24. I might intentionally cut my finger for one of these babies.

  25. What a cute dog you have! He’s seems like a sweetie : ) P.S. I love the look of this sandwich, better than the lunch I brought today!

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