Some days the perfect lunch deserves to be a bit posh. So try making …
Roasted Grapes Crostini
The rugged simplicity of the ingredients is so appealing, the flavor from the Roasted Grapes layered over the Ricotta cheese beautifully scented with Thyme = Truly a gorgeous tasting meal!
I loved every morsel and call this a winner for any occasion. I have found that some of the best tasting recipes are the simplest. You know the saying “less is more”, I’m finding it to be more of a truth every day in so many areas of life. This recipe is certainly in the that category. It’s GORGEOUS!
For this recipe, which was originally in a Real Simple edition a couple of years ago, the only change I made was to add a bit more of a kick of garlic and make it just a bit sweeter with some honey. I used a lovely multi-grain baguette with sesame seeds and it was the perfect compliment for the earthy and rugged flavors. Feel free to experiment with your own favorite flavor combinations. I used red seedless grapes, but any variety would be lovely. I really enjoyed the addition of fresh Thyme, but you could also try other herbs too. And for those who love the heat of a chili, try adding some crushed chili flakes while roasting the grapes or slice up some fresh red chili peppers and top the Crostini just before serving. Another gorgeous addition … toasted Pine Nuts!!!
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it for as many or as few friends and family as you need to and flavor it the way you love. But no matter how much or how you end up preparing it, Enjoy! 🙂
- 2 cups of Seedless Grapes (more depending on how many to serve)
- 3 - 4 Tbls Olive Oil, plus extra to drizzle on bread
- Pinch of Kosher Salt (Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt are also good)
- 1- 2 tsp Honey
- 3 - 4 sprigs of fresh Thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried Thyme)
- 1 - 2 Tbls (per slice of bread) of fresh Ricotta Cheese
- Multi-Grain Baguette (or your favorite rustic loaf), cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 large Garlic Clove, peeled and cut in half
- Preheat oven to 450F. Drizzle 1 Tbls of Olive Oil on baking sheet.
- Remove Grapes from stems and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Drizzle remaining Olive Oil over Grapes and sprinkle with a pinch of Salt.
- Drizzle with Honey and Toss to coat.
- Lay Thyme sprigs over Grapes.
- Roast Grapes in the middle of the preheated oven for about 12 - 18 minutes or until soft to touch.
- In the meantime, prepare 1/2 inch bread slices.
- Lightly drizzle with Olive Oil on both sides.
- In a stove top griddle or indoor grill, toast bread on medium heat until golden marks are formed and it is perfectly toasted to your liking on both sides.
- Once the toast is ready and while still warm, give each slice (on one side only) 2 - 3 rubs across with the cut side of the Garlic Clove. Set aside.
- By now the grapes should be ready. Remove from oven to cool for a minute.
- Now assemble your Crostini.
- With the garlic side of toast, top with 1 - 2 Tbls of Ricotta Cheese. Top with a spoonful or two of the Roasted Grapes and continue until toast and grapes are all used.
- Can sprinkle a few fresh Thyme leaves over top if desired or toasted Pine Nuts.
- Serve immediately while warm.
Note: The amount of servings for this recipe is easy to adjust, you can decrease or increase accordingly to number being served allowing approximately 1/2 Roasted Grapes per serving. The amount given above, served 2 GENEROUS portions per person for 3 people as a light dinner.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.