The Fourth of July is usually filled with great BBQ eats: hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, macaroni salad are the go to eats.
But I like to mix it up every year with something a little different. Sure all the favorites are there, but I like to throw in something that makes people say “oh, what’s that?” but in a good way.
This year, I thought I would try a patriotic spin on a Ball Park favorite: the nacho. Guess you could say I’m going off the “beet”en path a little with these Beet and Goat Cheese Nachos.
Certainly not what you would be thinking when you think 4th of July food, but festive all the same. Blue Tortilla Chips, Red Roasted Beets, and White Goat Cheese…about as patriotic as you can get.
I know what you’re thinking…beets? Yes, beets. I went a good portion of my life thinking I hated beets. And I do. I hate canned beets. But that was the only kind I had ever had until I went to dinner at someone’s house and ate a salad. There was a red vegetable looking thing. I ate it and asked what it was. I argued with her for quite some time that what I just ate was not a beet and she argued back that it most certainly was. She was right.
Except it was like no beet I had ever had. Roasting vegetables does something wonderful to them. You can actually buy them at some specialty stores but I used this recipe for Roasted Beets. If you are a grill master who loves to grill veggies, beets also work well on the grill. Just make sure the beets are large enough to stay between the grill slats…trust me, I learned from experience.
So why not take a chance and add a little something different this Independence Day…the vegetarian at your party will extra love you for it!