Lately, I’ve been a touch obsessed with roasting grapes. I roast fruit a lot — brings out the delicious natural sugars. So, when I was thinking up recipes for the holidays, I didn’t have to jump far to pair roasted grapes with cheese as I’ve had roasted grapes on ricotta before.
My favorite parties are those with tables full of small bites. Who needs a big meal when you can talk, laugh, drink, and nibble all night long! Roasted Grape and Baked Brie is the perfect appetizer for any party, especially a holiday party when the brie wheel is king. When roasted, the grapes burst releasing a sweet syrup that pairs incredibly with melting brie. Serve with a toasted baguette or crackers for an elegant and creative appetizer that will leave your guests talking. Cheers!
- 1/2 pound red grapes
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1 pound brie
- 1 tablespoon good quality honey
- Pinch flaked sea salt
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Wash and pat dry the grapes. You can leave them on the stem or take them off. Toss grapes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place grapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 to 20 minutes until the grapes burst and lose their juices. Watch carefully to make sure the juices don't burn. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Place the brie wheel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until soft to the touch. Carefully transfer the brie onto a serving plater.
- Top the brie with the roasted grapes and their juices. Drizzle the grapes with honey and a pinch of flaked sea salt. Serve with water crackers or toasted french bread slices.
by Meredith Steele