Roasted Grape Crostini
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Roasted Grape Crostini is an easy, elegant appetizer that’s perfect for the holiday season. Oven-roasted balsamic-infused grapes, complement creamy ricotta and crusty bread so deliciously and it’s especially lovely served with wine.
Finger-friendly and almost too pretty to eat, Roasted Grape Crostini is my go-to appetizer when I’m entertaining guests. This year, the Thanksgiving hosting is all mine and I could not be more excited. A little nervous, but VERY excited too. I love party planning and enjoying the jubilation. Such fun!
This appetizer comes together so simply and is the perfect preview for all of the deliciousness that is to come. Roasting the grapes concentrates the sweetness and allows the juice to reduce into a silky, sticky, divine syrup. Balance the sweet with savory, by adding fresh rosemary, flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper to the mix. A warm, toasty wine is an absolute must, and that’s exactly why Woodbridge is always on my holiday menu.
Woodbridge wines are very balanced which makes them a lovely dinner wine. They’re great for serving to family and friends because the flavors are smooth and enjoyed by any wine fan. I especially enjoy the Woodbridge Red Blends wine during the holidays. The flavors of jammy blackberry, vanilla, and baking spices complement holiday meals so deliciously. The full and rich flavorful finish is a fabulous pairing with holiday favorites like turkey, creamy potatoes and pumpkin pie. Don’t forget to have some Woodbridge Chardonnay on hand, too, for those that prefer a white wine.
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Festive Roasted Grape Crostini and Woodbridge Red Blend wine will definitely be the hit of your holiday celebrations. I cannot wait for you guys to give this combo a try. You can find some great Thanksgiving deals from shopkick here. For more recipe ideas, head here! And if you do create these little bites of joy, I would love to see and hear how much you love them too. Comment below and let us all know how they turn out. Also, snap a picture and tag #kimscravings on Instagram. Happy holiday season, friends!
- 1-2 baguettes (mine totaled 8 oz.)
- 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2-1 cup ricotta
- Fresh sprigs of thyme or rosemary, sesame seeds and cracked pepper to top (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, whisk vinegar and olive oil together. Add grapes and toss to coat. Add grapes to a small baking sheet that is lined with foil.
Bake for 20 minutes. While cooking, slice baguette into ⅓ inch slices (should make about 22 rounds, depending the size and amount bought). Lay the bread slices on a large baking sheet and spray tops with cooking spray.
Place bread slices on other rack in oven to toast at the same time as grapes, for the last 10 mins.
Remove grapes and bread from oven after 10 minutes and when baguette slices are lightly toasted and grapes are just starting to wrinkle and burst.
Spread about 1 tablespoon ricotta onto crostini and add several grape halves to each crostini. Sprinkle fresh cracked pepper and sesame seeds over crostini and garnish with thyme or rosemary. Enjoy!
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Something to think about….
Have you tried Woodbridge Wine? Do you have a favorite wine that you serve during the holidays?