Roasted Beets with Basil Oil

YIELD: about 16 appetizers

For the Basil Oil:
1 1/2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup olive oil
lemon zest
chives, as needed, chopped

2 lbs. red beets, medium sized, scrubbed clean, green tops removed
olive oil, as needed
salt, to taste
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsps. sugar
1 tsp. grated orange zest
freshly ground black pepper

1. Blanch basil in medi

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