Rosemary Roasted Grapes
with goat cheese & French bread
Have you ever tried roasting grapes? The most amazing thing happens … their skins soften and an intense sweetness comes out. They are the perfect “snack” to serve with a glass of wine and some cheese.
My son was with me at the grocery store a couple weekends ago and he asked for grapes. He only likes crunchy grapes so I reminded him how he doesn’t like the soggy ones and made him promise me he would really eat them before I agreed to buy him any. He picked out a VERY large bag of grapes and I asked “are you sure?” … yes, he was sure. He really wanted grapes, and in the interest of getting him to eat something healthy, I bought them.
So we came home with a $7 bag of grapes and he did eat a lot of them, but still we ended up with grapes in the fruit drawer that nobody was eating. The idea of roasting grapes popped into my brain, and once I thought of it, the thought would not go away until I’d tried them. I enjoyed roasting and trying these, but thought they are really too sweet for my tastes. If you have a more serious sweet tooth, you’re going to LOVE them.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
- 1 lb. seedless grapes
- Salt & freshly ground pepper
- Serve with: French bread slices, toasted, softened goat cheese or fresh ricotta
- Preheat the oven to 425 F. Mix the olive oil and rosemary together. Put the grapes in a small mixing bowl and pour the rosemary olive oil mixture over, then toss to coat all the grapes in oil. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and toss a bit more.
- Pour the grapes out onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until the grapes are soft and the juices begin to thicken slightly.
- Serve with softened goat cheese or ricotta and French bread or crackers. A perfect compliment to wine.
For a gluten free treat, serve with gluten free bread or crackers.
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