Layers of red and golden beets with creamy chèvre make up this elegant Beet Terrine With Herbed Goat Cheese. It’s easy to make and can be sliced and served with bread, crackers, salad, or on its own.Jump to Recipe
Add some color to your holiday hors d’oeuvres! This bright and beautiful Beet Terrine With Herbed Goat Cheese is the perfect addition to your holiday spread, next to a winter charcuterie, or to enjoy as an appetizer. The layers of red and yellow beets and herbed goat cheese is not only beautiful to look at but a treat for your taste buds!
You can make this goat cheese terrine easily with a little cook time and some assembly tips. The beets are first cooked on the stove or in the Instant Pot, sliced, and layered into a loaf pan with the goat cheese spread. As it sits in the fridge for a few hours, the flavors mingle and the colors spread, creating bright jewel tones.
Slice and serve the layers of beets and goat cheese on a platter with fresh bread, greens, and olive oil. It’s a bright and refreshing starter you can make ahead of time for the holidays or dinner parties.
What is a terrine?
This vegetable terrine is quite different from the traditional recipe. Similar to pâté, terrine is usually a loaf of meats, herbs and seasonings, eggs, or vegetables packed or layered into a loaf mold. It’s cooked in a water bath and then sliced for serving.
Because my recipe is made with fresh beets, there is no water bath involved. All you need to do is cook the beets. Once the beets and cheese are layered in a loaf pan, the terrine will be wrapped, weighted, and chilled in the fridge.
What is the difference between pâté and terrine?
Pâté is a paste that is typically made mostly from liver. It has a smooth and fine texture and is perfect for spreading on bread or crackers. Terrine, on the other hand, has a thick texture as it’s made from a variety of meats, eggs, or even vegetables. Slice your terrine and serve it on its own as an appetizer or added to bread or salad.
Ingredients you need for beet terrine
This vegetable-forward terrine is healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. All you need are a handful of fresh ingredients.
This is what you need:
- Red and golden beets
- Goat cheese or chèvre
- Green onion
How to cook beets in an Instant Pot
Save time and start this recipe by cooking the beets in an Instant Pot. It’s so easy! Here’s how it’s done:
- Cook the beets: Place a trivet and water into the Instant Pot before adding in the cleaned beets. Secure the lid and set the cooking time to align with the size of your beets (see the notes in the recipe card for cook times). Once they’re done cooking, do a quick release.
Stove top instructions
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, just cook the beets on the stove! It’s as simple as boiling any other vegetable:
- Boil the beets: Fill a large pot with water, add in the cleaned beets, and bring it to a boil. The beets are done cooking when you can pierce them with a knife.
- Rinse: Rinse the cooked beets under cold water so they’re cool enough to peel.
How to assemble a beet terrine
Last but not least, the terrine needs to be put together! This is a simple process of layering beets and herbed goat cheese on top of each other until you run out of the two. Here’s how it’s done:
- Season the goat cheese: Stir the goat cheese, garlic, and green onion together in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt as needed.
- Prepare the beets: If you haven’t yet peeled the cooked beets, use a paper towel to remove the skin. Slice them into ¼ inch thick slices (or thinner if you prefer).
- Prepare the pan: Line your loaf pan with plastic wrap, making sure to have enough overhang to wrap the top of the terrine once it’s put together.
- Layer and assemble: Start with a layer of red beets on the bottom, making sure the slices overlap. Spread on a thin layer of the seasoned goat cheese. Repeat this until you run out of red beets, then repeat the same process with the golden beets. The last layer, or the top, should be finished with beets.
- Wrap it and refrigerate: Place the overhang of plastic over the top of the terrine. Place something heavy on top, like a carton of milk, to weigh it down. Place it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight if you have the time.
How to serve terrine
Let the terrine sit at room temperature for a few minutes after it comes out of the fridge. You can serve the terrine on a platter and slice it into half-inch slices. Have some bread and fresh arugula around the terrine on the platter, and drizzle everything with some olive oil and a sprinkle of finishing salt on each slice.
If you have leftovers, add a few slices of beet and goat cheese terrine in a citrus salad, on toast, or on its own with more oil for a quick snack.
Tips and recipe variations
- Beets love to stain! Wear gloves to keep your hands from being stained.
- Want to speed up the slicing time? Use a mandolin to slice the beets instead of a knife.
- The Instant Pot cook time will vary depending on the size of your beets. Cook 10 minutes for small beets, 15 minutes for medium, and 20 minutes for large.
- Not a fan of goat cheese? Replace it with herbed Boursin cheese and leave out the salt and green onions.
- Would you rather roast the beets? Wrap the washed beets in foil and roast in a 400ºF oven for 45 minutes or until they’re fork tender. Leave them to cool, then peel and slice.
- Do you need to store leftovers? Just store the leftover beet terrine wrapped in the loaf pan and in the fridge. It should stay fresh and hold its texture for 3 to 4 days.
More appetizer recipes
Serve these delicious and colorful appetizers to your party guests or before a dinner:
- Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce
- Roasted Apricots With Honey Cheese Spread
- Asian Pork Lettuce Cups
- Loaded Keto Deviled Eggs
If you try this Beet Terrine With Herbed Goat Cheese let me know what you think! Rate and review this recipe in the comments below. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram @lenaskitchenblog!
Beet Terrine With Herbed Goat Cheese
- 3 large red beets cooked, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 3 large golden beets cooked, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 16 oz goat cheese at room temperature
- 3 cloves garlic grated
- ½ cup green onion finely chopped
- salt to taste
- olive oil
Cooking Beets Instant Pot Method
- Scrub the beets clean. Add 1 cup water, the trivet, and the beets to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and set the timer to either 10 minutes for small beets, 15 minutes for medium, and 20 minutes for large. Once it's done, do a quick release.
Cooking Beets Stove Top Method
- Scrub the beets clean. Add them to a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. Coko the beets until you can pierce them with a knife (about 30-45 mins, depending on the size). Rinse the cooked beets under cold water once they're done cooking. Peel and move to the assembly of terrine steps.
- In a bowl, combine the goat cheese, garlic, and green onion. Mix until well combined. Add salt to taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Use a paper towel to remove the skin from the beets.
- Slice the beets to 1/4 inch thickness using a sharp knife or mandolin.
- Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, making sure to have enough to overlap to wrap the top of the terrine.
- Add a layer of sliced red beets, overlapping the beet slices at the bottom of the pan. Spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture on top with a rubber spatula. Repeat with another layer of red beets and goat cheese until you run out of red beets.
- Repeat the same process with sliced golden beets until you run out.
- Wrap the top of the terrine with the overhang of the plastic wrap. Add something heavy to weight down the terrine in the pan (I used half a carton of milk). Refrigerate for 4-8 hours to set or overnight if you have the time.
- Remove the terrine from the fridge before serving. Unwrap the plastic wrap.
- Put it on a platter and slice into 1/2 inch slices and serve on a bed of arugula, drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of finishing salt on each slice. Serve as is or with a slice of toast.