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Roasted Grapes

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Roasted Grapes

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A few years ago I was at The Sydney Good Food and Wine Show with Curtis Stone, and one of the chefs demoed roasted grapes. They were absolutely divine and made a great addition on salads and even cheese plates. Here is my attempt to recreate his magical and absolutely divine recipe.

Yield: 2 cups

Oven: 450ºF

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

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cooking spray or 1 tablespoon melted butter, to grease baking dish

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 pounds seedless green or purples grapes

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Method:

1.   Preheat oven to 450ºF.

2.   In a small bowl, add melted butter, grapes and brown sugar. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix until grapes are fully coated.

3.   Lightly grease a cast-iron skillet with melted butter or oil. Add grapes in a single layer and place in preheated 450ºF oven. Allow to roast, stirring halfway through, until blistering and juicy, approximately 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from oven and using a slotted spoon, transfer grapes to a small bowl and set to the side.

4.   Return skillet to the stovetop and over medium ­– low heat, add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to the juices. Allow to reduce and thicken until syrupy, approximately 2 – 4 minutes. Pour grape syrup over grapes and use as desired.

5.   Best enjoyed with cheese and crackers, salty nuts like Marcona almonds, or even chilled and used as a garnish on a “stinky” blue cheese salad.

 

Kitchen Note: Roasted grapes add a beautiful sweetness to whatever it is paired with and also helps to “tone-down” stinky cheeses, like blue cheese!