Do you want an appetizer that will please the pickiest eater but impress your foodie friends? Roasted Grapes, A Sweet And Savory Appetizer takes mere minutes to put together and is perfect to serve at an impromptu gathering of friends.
We have all had it happen…you get a phone call from friends that happen to be in the neighborhood and want to stop by for a visit. Of course you say “yes”, then immediately think about what you can put out to nibble on with drinks when they arrive. You could set out nuts, chips and dip, or crackers and cheese but you have done that a million times. A cheese plate with some grapes is lovely but you know you can do better than that. Think!
How about roasting the grapes…YES! Instead of crackers, what about topping crostini with sliced brie and warming the cheese slightly in the oven with a sprig of fresh thyme. Oh yes, now you have something special. You guests will think you are terrific when you pop into the kitchen for a couple of minutes and come out with something that is original and delicious. Smile graciously as everyone enjoys this appetizer that you put together in such a short time.
Roasted Grapes With Warm Brie Crostini
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Adjust the ingredients according to the amount of grapes used.
- A large bunch of seedless red grapes cut into smaller clusters
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary and thyme
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 baguette cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick, brushed with olive oil and baked in a 350 degree oven till golden
- 1 large wedge or small wheel of brie cut into 1/4 inch slices*
- small sprigs of thyme for garnish (optional) plus olive oil to dot
- balsamic glaze (optional)
Place grape clusters on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over grapes and sprinkle with the herbs and seasonings. Carefully toss all the ingredients together. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until grapes soften and skins start to shrivel. (Do not overcook or they will start to break down).
Place a slice of brie on each crostini, top with a little sprig of thyme, dot with a drop of oil and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for a just a couple of minutes to warm the cheese.
To serve, place the warm brie crostini on a platter alongside the small grape clusters. I like to drizzle the grapes with a little balsamic glaze but that is optional.
I believe you will enjoy the caramelized goodness of roasted grapes, they make a wonderful sweet and savory appetizer. Served alongside the warm brie crostini, they are an easy and tasty appetizer that I believe your guests will enjoy.
*If you are like me, you always have cheese in your refrigerator. If you don’t have brie, camembert or a soft goat cheese would work well.