Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini

Grape-Crostini
Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini
 
 
 
     I cannot take credit for this recipe. I was hosting a dinner party for some coworkers and was making a bunch of different homemade Italian dishes. I needed an easy and delicious appetizer recipe and didn’t feel like making one I was used to. I searched to web and discovered a great way to take grapes and turn them into something even more delicious; roasted grapes. This was quick and easy and the flavor of the grapes completely changed with this recipe. They were more like figs or some other kind of fruit once they had been roasted. That with the combination of a ricotta mixture and drizzled balsamic vinegar created a burst of flavor in your mouth. Hope you enjoy my Roasted Grape and Ricotta Crostini.

Ingredients:
  • Baguette of French bread
  • Bundle of grapes
  • Thyme
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Ricotta
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
 
 
1.       Preheat oven to 450. Take your bundle of grapes and toss them in a bit of olive oil, drizzled honey, and sprinkled thyme.

2.       Place the grape mixture on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

3.       Meanwhile take some ricotta and drizzle some more honey into it. Sprinkle with black pepper and whip together until you have a sweetened but spicy mixture. Add in a bit of sea salt to give it that salty contrast.

4.        Slice the baguette into ½ inch crostini slices and brown in the same oven.

5.       Take the ricotta mixture and spread a bit on each slice of bread.

6.       Once the grapes have come to room temperature top each ricotta sliced bread with a couple grapes.

7.       Serve with a bit of balsamic vinegar to be drizzled over each crostini.

 
     These were fantastic. The jaminess from the grapes, the peppered but salty creaminess from the ricotta and the contrast with the addition of the balsamic vinegar made for a perfect blast of flavor and excitement in your mouth. They were a big hit at the dinner party.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 10 plus

 


2 comments:

  1. I never heard of roasting grapes and now I love how this sounds and looks!

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