When it comes to summertime snacking, I cannot seem to get enough fresh fruit. The fact that I am 33 weeks pregnant and the 100-degree heat in Charlotte have me constantly reaching for sweet, refreshing fruit, with grapes and watermelon topping my list of pregnancy cravings for weeks.
Early last week, before dinner, I wanted to put together a delicious appetizer for Ryan, my mom and me to enjoy since we were all feeling a little snacky.
I opened the fridge and I’m pretty sure my mom and Ryan both weren’t surprised at all when they saw me pull out some fresh grapes and ricotta cheese. (Fruit + Any kind of pasteurized cheese = My third trimester BFFs.)
I figured I could use both ingredients to make a tasty snack that would tide us over until we were ready for dinner.
A while back, I remember seeing a recipe for roasted grapes when I was looking for appetizer ideas for a Memorial Day cook out and figured I’d give roasting the fresh grapes a go. As it turns out, roasting grapes is quite easy and the flavor is fantastic!
They’re sweeter and taste almost indulgent or wine-like and I placed a bunch on top of a sliced toasted whole wheat baguette topped with creamy ricotta cheese.
After adding a drizzle of honey and some crushed almonds, my appetizer was ready to be served.
It looked rather fancy but was so easy to put together. We all loved it!Print
A wonderful combination of flavors with an outcome that is summery, simple and very delicious!
- 3 cups fresh grapes (I used a combination of red and green)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 baguette
- Honey, to taste
- 3 tablespoons crushed almonds
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss grapes in olive oil and salt and spread onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Roast for approximately 25 minutes, shaking the pan periodically to ensure even roasting.
- Slice baguette into thick slices and toast. Top with ricotta cheese followed by the roasted grapes, crushed almonds and drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
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I think this recipe would also taste great if you wanted to play around with it a bit and add lemon zest to the ricotta, or top it with candied pecans or walnuts. Lots of possibilities!
If you decide to give it a go, I hope you love it as much as we did in our house!
Question of the Afternoon
- What are some of your favorite summertime appetizers?