Roasted Grape Baguette Appetizer

Roasted Grape Baguette AppetizerWould you ever consider an appetizer to be a meal? Most every time we eat out at a restaurant, on my side of the table you’ll find just appetizers and dessert -those seriously are the best parts of a meal!

After you’ve tried a roasted grape -caramelized on the outside and jammy inside. They will be on all your appetizers. Served with wine, fresh baguette drizzled in honey and in this case a mascarpone mousse. You can always play up the flavor with adding a soft herbed goat cheese and prosciutto -an Italian style ham traditionally salt and air cured.

This recipe is an easy, simple appetizer but still has the flare for an evening of entertaining.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Baguette (rosemary or herbed is optional)
  • 1 Bunch Red Seedless Grapes
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 1c. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 c. Cream Cheese or Mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp. Honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F.

Toss grapes in olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast around 30 minutes. Grapes will become slightly blistered on the outside.

While the grapes are roasting, in a mixing bowl whip up mascarpone, honey and whipping cream.

Cut baguette and place on the roasted grape tray with grapes still on. Drizzle sliced baguette with additional honey. Spoon mascarpone cheese mixture onto some of the bread and grapes.

Serve with your favorite wine and garnish with fresh basil, sage or spinach.