Tuesday, February 18, 2014
recipe; I first spotted it on Pinterest, and then fell for Sarah Tuck's blog and work. What I can do is tell you it's one of the most delicious food combinations I've ever tasted. Roasted grapes, goat and cream cheese, garlic, molasses, olive oil, syrup. I never would have thought to combine these flavors, but I am glad I tried it. Joe and I devoured 8 of these little slices of heaven in a very short period of time. I want to serve them for every dinner party I host and make sure everyone I know tastes these. Which is why I'm spreading the recipe love today.
I didn't follow Sarah's recipe exactly, because we didn't have feta cheese or pomegranate molasses, and we were snowed in when I made these, so I couldn't get to a grocery store. I don't know if my bruschetta tastes the way it's supposed to; I do know that the way I made it is pretty darn good.
- 1/2 loaf ciabatta, sliced thinly*
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 1 clove garlic
- small bunch of grapes
- 1 tbsp molasses (original recipe called for pomegranate molasses, but I never heard of this and so I didn't have it)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup walnuts
- sea salt
- Get the grapes roasting, since this will take the longest. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. De-stem, wash, and gently dry the grapes. Place in roasting pan. Mix together molasses and olive oil in a small bowl, then drizzle over grapes. Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt, and put pan in oven. Let them roast for 20-30 minutes.
- While the grapes are in the oven, prepare the cheese spread. Simply place the cheeses and garlic in a food processor and let it run for a minute or two. You want the cheese to be creamy, and the garlic to be smaaaall.
- Prepare the walnuts. In a small sauce pan, heat the syrup over medium heat. Then add walnuts, and stir to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt, and allow the syrup to harden a bit. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl to cool.
- Lightly toast bread. Spread with cheese, then top with grapes and walnuts.
ENJOY this tasty yumminess.
*This recipe made about 8 slices of bruschetta. If you're serving a larger crowd, or this is your only appetizer, adjust the amounts accordingly!
P.S. If you're looking for another tasty appetizer recipe with grapes, try these grapes wrapped in goat cheese! They're less labor intensive!