Thursday, February 16, 2012

Roasted Grapes with Thyme and Ricotta on Grilled Bread



Ok...technically, this is an appetizer. At least that's how I would categorized it.  I, however, chose to make it my lunch. I'm always on my own for lunch since Jesse eats a big one at play-care every day, and Heath is at work. Sandwiches and salads get old, so now I've started trolling the web for yummy appetizers that I can turn into my lunch...this is just such a recipe.

Out-friggin-standing. That's what this was. And so stinkin' easy! Well...when you make it my way it's easy. If you follow the source of where I got this from, she actually made her own ricotta cheese. Yeah...not in a million years is that happening over here.

I've never roasted grapes before, but now that I've had them I want to put them on everything! They're so juicy and flavorful...yum! So...while this is an awesome appetizer (one I will definitely be making the very next time I have company over), this was also an excellent lunch. Whenever and whatever you choose to make this for...enjoy!

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'Roasted Grapes with Thyme and Ricotta on Grilled Bread'

Ingredients

red grapes
olive oil
salt
fresh thyme sprigs
loaf of French bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
olive oil
ricotta cheese

Directions

1. Heat oven to 450. Spread grapes onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Lay thyme leaves over top. Toss all together gently with your hands. Place pan in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until grapes just begin to burst.

2. Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush the bread with olive oil. Grill until nice and toasty.

3. Assemble the open-faced sandwiches: Spread ricotta over bread (I heated mine in the microwave for 20-25 seconds so as not to put cold cheese on the warm bread). Top with roasted grapes. Discard thyme sprigs and sprinkle with fresh (non-cooked) thyme leaves.

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4 comments:

  1. Pretty! This combo is unusual but it sounds like it works. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. How pretty & simple! I never had roasted grapes before. Will give this a try, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks for posting this. I'll have to try. It looks amazing! You really should try to make your own ricotta. It could not be easier (cream, milk, salt--bring to 190 degrees, take off heat, add lemon, quick stir and strain). The recipe I like is from Smitten's Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/06/rich-homemade-ricotta). The difference between fresh ricotta and the stuff you get in the store is life-changing! :)

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  4. Thanks for the link, I'll have to try that!

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