Roasted Grape & Brie Appetizer Bites
These Roasted Grape & Brie Appetizer Bites takes the classic pairing of brie and grapes and gives it a little something more. Fresh, creamy brie is countered by the unexpected sweet, syrupy, and slightly acidic roasted grapes. Layered with honey and herbal notes of thyme, it is a simple appetizer that is perfect for fall gatherings and Thanksgiving or holiday entertaining. One of my new favorite roasted grape recipes and a great way to do a featured cheese tasting.
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There is something so easy about the combination of these two ingredients. The rich, creamy, tangy, nutty Brie cheese is punctuated by the sweet, juicy, tartness bursting from the grape. These were a staple of my house growing up. Whenever my parents were celebrating, or it was just the weekend, there would be Brie and grapes, and a bottle of wine. The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Brie cheese, often referred to as the Queen Of Cheeses, is arguably the most famous cheese from France. It originated in the French region Brie, from which it derives its name. Hundreds of years ago, it was used as a tribute paid to French Kings.
Brie is made from cow’s milk. To make Brie, rennet is added to the raw milk and then heated. This creates the curd, which is then strained and cast into molds. After the cheese has been in the molds for around 18 hours, the cheese is salted and aged for a minimum of four weeks.
Grapes are rich in antioxidants, like resveratrol, which helps protect skin cells from oxidative damage and premature aging caused by free radicals. Resveratrol has been shown to potentially support collagen production and promote skin elasticity, Grapes are also high in vitamin C and potassium.
Honey is one of my favorite natural sweeteners. Produced by bees from the nectar of flowers, honey is all natural. It contains primarily glucose and fructose, but also trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes which help combat oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. It is fabulous with cheese, and as a drizzle. In the shop I carry a line of Jams Made From Honey, Not Sugar
Fresh Thyme, though optional, the fresh thyme adds and unexpected bright herbal taste.
How To Roast Grapes
Start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the grapes, then lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet or in a baking dish. Drizzle them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, gently brush or toss to coat. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme and flaky sea salt (if using). Put the baking sheet (or dish) in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes. Halfway through, gently shake the dish to loosen and toss the grapes. The grapes are done when the skins are starting to shrivel and the grapes begin to burst. Remove them from the oven.
How To Style These Appetizer Bites
These Roasted Grape & Brie Appetizer Bites are so simple to put together: Carefully slide one roasted grape onto a skewer. Next, slide a cube of the brie, piercing the rind for stability. Depending on the age of your brie, and how long it has been out of the fridge, the paste can vary in texture, from quite firm to soft. Once assembled, the skewers can then be laid on a platter on their sides or left standing. Drizzle the bites with honey and sprinkle with fresh thyme, making sure that some thyme sticks to the bites – it adds such a nice contrast of flavors.
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few things that might help:
- Always use good quality honey. Some believe that consuming local honey may help alleviate allergy symptoms by exposing the body to small amounts of local pollen.
Here are some suggested substitutions to make this salad a better fit for your palate, preferences, and diet. If you are looking for specific substitutions, let me know in the comments below!
- Roasted Grape Alternatives: Figs, dates,
- Other Add-Ins: Try a different herb such as rosemary.
More Appetizer Bite Recipes To Try
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How To Make: Roasted Grape & Brie Appetizer Bites
|8 Ounce Brie Cheese As a wheel is round, you will have some left over after cutting the cubes.|
|1 Small Bunch Red Grapes Figure on using one grape per square of cheese. Extra are great to have on hand to add to salads or grilled cheese.|
|Honey For Drizzling|
|Balsamic Vinegar For drizzling on the grapes prior to roasting.|
|Flaky Sea Salt, Optional|