Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s worthy of company, but so quick and easy to assemble, you’ll want to treat yourself and enjoy with a glass of wine for cocktail hour!
I’ve seen several recipes recently for roasted grape appetizers, this recipe comes from the pages of Southern Living Magazine in the February issue. I’ve made this appetizer multiple times since I found it, it’s that good and that easy! If you like the flavor of blue cheese you’ll love this appetizer. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, substitute another soft cheese like goat, Boursin or Brie.
Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes, courtesy Southern Living
2 cups halved seedless red grapes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot (I’ve made with and without, omitted here)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
French bread baguette, cut into slices
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese, softened
Toasted pecans, chopped
Thyme for garnish, if desired
Preheat oven to 425°. Toss halved grapes with vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and shallots, if desired. Arrange grape mixture in a single layer in a small roasting pan. Bake 15 minutes or until grapes wilt and develop a thin syrup.
Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to broil with oven rack 7 inches from heat.
Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Stir together softened butter and cheese and spread evenly over bread slices.
Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
Spoon grape mixture over toasted bread, and sprinkle with pecans, garnish with fresh thyme before serving if desired.
This is a great appetizer to enjoy or serve with a glass of wine! You can roast the grapes in advance, allow to cool and refrigerate the grapes and syrup until ready to assemble. When ready to serve, spread softened blue cheese/butter mixture on baguette slices, and broil until bubbly. Turn the oven to 350°, top with roasted grapes and pecans and run back in oven for 5 – 7 minutes until grape mixture is warmed through.
Even easier, spoon these balsamic roasted grapes and syrup over a wedge of Brie, brick of cream or goat cheese and serve with baguette slices or crackers and let everyone help themselves. You can find a printable recipe, here.