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Roast Beetroot & Cashew Cream Crostini

Perfect horduerves for any get together.
Prep Time2 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baguette
Servings: 6 (2 per person)

Ingredients

Cheese

  • 200 grams cashew Nuts soaked for a minimum of 2 hrs overnight
  • 130 ml plant milk of your choice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 6 sprigs thyme leaves
  • Half a sprig of rosemary stalks removed and finely chopped - remember the fresh herbs will turn the cheese slightly green, so use dried leaves or less if you don't want a lot of color.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Crostini

  • Half large baguette
  • 1 clove garlic
  • olive oil
  • 2 large beetroot
  • 100 grams roasted hazelnuts ground but still chunky
  • decoration balsamic glaze and thyme optional

Instructions

Cheese

  • Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and then pop in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Crostini

  • Preheat oven to 180° (350°F/Gas Mark 4)
  • Use precooked beetroot or wrap the fresh beetroot in foil and place in the oven for an hour until soft. Remove and leave to cool, rub off the skins and set aside.
  • To roast the hazelnuts, place them on a baking tray in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes. Be careful to not over roast them, so check them after 7 minutes. To remove their skins, place them in a clean tea towel and rub vigorously. Grind them or roughly chop if you don't have a grinder or food processor. Leave them chunky, not powdered.
  • Cut the baguette into 12 slices - 1 cm thick.
  • Rub with the garlic clove carefully on one side and drizzle with olive oil
  • Either place into the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Or use a griddle pan on both sides to get a nice charred effect.

Assembly

  • Place a good spoonful of cream cheese onto each piece of bread followed by a couple of small but chunky slices of beetroot, a sprinkle of hazelnuts and a thyme sprig. Option to drizzle with balsamic glaze.