Spicy Beet-Green Crostini

Spicy Beet-Green Crostini
Viviane Bauquet Farre


  • 3 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon  red chile pepper flakes, or to taste
  • large cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 12 ounces  beet greens or Swiss chard, trimmed, and cut into in ¼-inch strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon  sea salt, or to taste
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • baguette, cut on a bias into ¼-inch-thick slices

When I was a child, the only beets I ever saw were the ones that came from a can. Needless to say, I never liked beets. The odor emanating from the can alone used to make me run out of the kitchen as fast as my legs could move.

It’s not until I started growing my own vegetables in my early 20′s that I truly discovered beets. They were very easy to grow and if reseeded a couple of times in the season, I could harvest them from late spring all the way to the first snow. They came in all kinds of colors, and best of all, I could eat the roots as well as feast on their luscious green tops. I became a voracious fan of beets!

A quick way to prepare the beet greens is to sauté them with garlic and red pepper flakes (I love adding a bit of spiciness to cooked leafy greens — it’s a marriage made in heaven!). Here, I serve these warm beet-green crostini as an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer. Cooked this way, the greens become incredibly tender and flavorful.


Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the beet greens and sauté for 4-5 minutes until all the juices have evaporated and the greens turn dark green, tossing from time to time. Add the salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Toss well and remove from heat.

Preheat the broiler. Toast the bread under the broiler on each side until golden and crispy. Top each bread slice with a small mound of beet greens and drizzle with a little olive oil. Set 2 crostini on an individual plate and serve warm.


Calories per serving:

118 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 41g 63%
  • Carbs 23g 8%
  • Saturated 6g 29%
  • Fiber 13g 52%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Sodium 1,413mg 59%
  • Calcium 420mg 42%
  • Magnesium 244mg 61%
  • Potassium 2,645mg 76%
  • Iron 10mg 53%
  • Zinc 1mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 163mg 23%
  • Vitamin A 1,076µg 120%
  • Vitamin C 107mg 178%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 29%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 47%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 24%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 64µg 16%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 55%
  • Vitamin K 1,386µg 1,733%
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