Friday, January 13, 2012

Slow-Roasted Grapes

Roasted Grapes

Did you know about roasted grapes?  Does everyone know about roasted grapes?  Am I the last to find out? 

The last to find out how amazing they are. 

Roasted Grapes

So, you know last year, one of my very favorite new cookbooks was All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Artby Molly Stevens.  I loved that book so much that I even gave away a copy as penance for my bad blogging and reviewed it here.

As I said she covers everything from meat, to seafood, to fruits and vegetables.  I was immediately intrigued by roasted grapes.  Primarily because it quite possibly is the easiest recipe in the book.  Seriously, heat your oven, toss some grapes in either olive oil or butter, roast.  Eat.  Enjoy.

And enjoy I did.  These are wonderful.  Little bite sized bits of sweet goodness.  I can’t explain their taste.  They don’t taste like grapes any more, they are sweeter, almost pear or apple like, but not quite.  Really, if you had your eyes closed, you would be hard pressed to identify them. 

She suggests stirring a little honey into some Greek yogurt and topping with these grapes, topping rice puddings, or really any sort of pudding.  For savory uses, they go great with poultry, in green salads, on a cheese plate. Possibilities are endless.

Slow-Roasted Grapes

  • 3/4 pound red grapes – preferably seedless, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter melted

Heat the oven to 250 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange the grapes in a single layer on the baking sheet and toss with butter or olive oil.  Roast, stirring once or twice for 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours, or until shriveled and lightly caramelized. 

You can refrigerate them, but bring them to room temperature before serving.

 

 

This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

24 comments:

Joanne said...

I heard of roasted grapes probably about three weeks ago when Bon Appetit had a recipe for sausages and roasted grapes over polenta that sparked my interest. unfortunately, all of the reviews of that dish are awful, but I think it could be reworked to be heavenly. I think that might be my goal for this weekend, after seeing these.

chellebelle said...

Wow. This looks like something I could do.. and thanks for the remind on that book... I think I need it.

Lyndsey said...

I've only heard of roasting grapes with meat. It does sound interesting. It would be a good weekend to try it with the cold front coming in.

Barbara said...

I've heard about them too, but have never made them. They've just got to be fabulous as roasting anything just intensifies the flavors.

Amy said...

You can't be the last to find out. Because apparently I am.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Right now, it look like I'm pulling up the rear in knowing about roasted grapes. I am buying grapes this afternoon because i just have to try this.

Jacky said...

I've seen these around. At first I was like "um, no". But I am coming around. Perhaps I'll give them a try this weekend, you've sold me!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Had never heard of roasting grapes... Bet they are good especially as a topping on yogurt or pudding... YUM....

You got much snow down there? We have 2 inches here and schools are closed. It's bitter cold though ---18 now... Brrrr.

Hugs,
Betsy

once in a blue moon said...

what an interesting idea... grapes like apples or pear :) i do like the idea of in yogurt though~

Marjie said...

I've stirred grapes into a white sauce for pork. Fabulous. The first time I did it, my dearly beloved thought it was weird. He ate one, and promptly exclaimed, "Hot grapes are good!" So I'm pretty sure your roasted grapes would be splendid, too!

Jacqueline said...

You are not the last. I hadn't heard of it before. I thought this was going to be a post about wine and that was your tasting review. Huh! Will have to try. With greek yoghurt and honey sounds good!

Mary said...

I first heard about them at the beginning of the year, so you are not alone. They sound delicious and your photo makes them seem really appealing. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

a good yarn said...

Only in that Italian dish that puts black grapes on a bread/pizza dough. Must be an incredibly intense flavour.

Lori Lynn said...

You are not the last one Pam, I am. But I certainly intend not to be left out for long. This sounds awesome.
LL

Esme said...

I had never heard of roasting grapes.

MrsJenB said...

Yum! I've also heard that grapes + sausage go very well together when they are roasted. I have yet to try it but I'll at least have to try the grapes by themselves!

grace said...

i can see myself enjoying these very much! the burst of sweet juice they must give would be incredible.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Oh, these are like candy to me! Whenever I make them, I seem to eat them all right away. No self control!

Chris said...

I didn't know about roasted grapes but Kelsey's Essentials on the Cooking Channel did a thing on grilled grapes, probably very similar in flavor.

Marsha said...

Good lord, these are good. I'm glad I trusted you on this - they sounded weird at first. Thank you.

CC11 said...

I will have to try this!

Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie) said...

I hardly think you're the last to find out :) I fell in love with roasted grapes when I tried a recipe from Food and Wine Magazine. Served over veal chops, it was so good I nearly had a fit. Take a look:

http://highlandsranchfoodie.com/2009/11/veal-chops-with-red-grapes/

Anonymous said...

just heard about them on The Splendid Table - Lynne Rosetto Kasper was interviewing Molly Stevens! I'm going to make them today!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of roasted grapes!