Verrine of Red Beet and Cream Cheese; serendipity

We were invited to an Auberge Espanol the other night…. aka a French potluck.

It was a mixed group of about 16 people – French, English, Belgian….

I was asked to bring Orange Cake with Orange Glaze, which I, of course, did… two of them, actually, so people could have seconds.

And they did.

One of the French woman brought the starter, or I should say, starters.

She had made four verrines. In case you are unfamiliar a verrine is both the name of the tiny glass and the food that goes into it. They can be either savory or sweet; first course or dessert.

Here is one of mine, with a teaspoon in it. Think of a largish shot glass.


Anyway, this lovely lady had four verrines for each of us: Chilled Zucchini Soup, Beet Mousse, Banana Soup, and Seafood with Horseradish.

She inspired me…..

And I had all those oranges….

First, the recipe:

Verrine of Red Beet and Cream Cheese

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 7oz (210gr) cooked red beets (beetroot)
  • 3.5 oz (100gr) cream cheese
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs good olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • To garnish:
  • 2oz (60gr) cream cheese
  • a few chives, snipped

Verrine of Red Beet and Cream Cheese


  • Put all ingredients, except garnish, in a food processor
  • Purée until smooth.
  • Spoon into 6 verrine
  • Stir remaining cream cheese to soften, then top each verrine with a dab.
  • Top with chives and serve or chill for later.

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I’ve seen recipes for verrine on French recipe sites and I’ve seen the cute little glasses but I’ve never been inclined to try them as I assumed, for small quantities of something thick, one really needed a food processor rather than a blender.

Then I made the two orange cakes and ended up with a dozen, naked, zest-free oranges.

The cakes use a lot of zest but very little juice.

I decided to juice the oranges and have fresh orange juice for breakfast for a few days.

When we lived in Andorra we usually squeezed oranges fresh every morning, Juice oranges from Spain were cheaper than buying cartons of juice and so much better.

I knew exactly where the juicer was.

Except it wasn’t all there.

I found the top but I couldn’t find the base – you know, the part with the motor.

We went in search.

We got out the ladder and searched higher.

There, on the top shelf of a high cabinet over the freezer in the corner of the pantry was a box with a food processor in it.

I have a food processor?????

Could this be the base for the juicer?

We got it down and opened it. It was still taped from the move…. Obviously I hadn’t missed it.

I vaguely remember buying it, shortly before we moved.

Regardless, I had a new toy! Or a newly found new-ish toy.


So the next night, when we were at the party and had all those lovely verrines I decided to give the food processor a try and make one.

Mine wasn’t as light and fluffy as the one made by my French friend, but I didn’t have her recipe and it was my first try.

I was happy.

Mon mari liked mine better.

He’s a smart man, mon mari.….

We never did find the juicer.

Last update on August 14, 2016

5 thoughts on “Verrine of Red Beet and Cream Cheese; serendipity”

  1. You have to be one of the funniest !! I will think about you when looking for something I have moved to a different spot. Like the pickling salt. My gosh I knew I put that in the back of the cupboard but when I went to get it Saturday when starting the pickles it was gone!!! Vlad went out and bought another. I just thought about it, I think I used it making up a concoction to kill weeds. lol . Also I was telling Vladimir about your bench. So he thinks he can redo ours. It is apart now! We have to go out to buy the new lumber. It has been to hot here to do anything but I wanted to tell you it is in the works.
    Take care

  2. I know exactly what you must have felt searching for the missing juicer! I hope the base turns up. There is a mass of neatly numbered boxes in the barn but the security equipment turned up in one I was convinced had kitchen sundries now I have to find the numbers on either side and hope I get it right. The boxes were not loaded, transported or unloaded in numerical order. His & her’s are totally mixed to confuse it further but it is good to be here with all our worldly goods.

    The verrine looks and sounds delicious. I have not tried to make any so far.

  3. Evelyn, well, glad we could be an inspiration to Vlad – and tell him good luck with the bench….. And thank you for the kind words.

    Gill, it seems like we get to a point in unpacking and then just quit paying attention and start stuffing things wherever they might fit. And we always have such a long time between packing and unpacking we forget where stuff is and that we even have it. Makes moving interesting. lol

  4. We have two glasses just like that and we have always just used them for eau de vie. Who knew that food could go into the glasses too?!

    Don’t you hate that when you can’t find something you KNOW you have? How handy that you found something better. (Too bad about the juicer. They’re so handy to have.)

    • This juicer works fine – it’s just much bigger. But, then we don’t have access to the Spanish juice oranges so we don’t need it on the counter…. The little glasses are cute. lol

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