Roasted Holiday® Grapes and Balsamic Crostinis

This Roasted Holiday Grapes and Balsamic Crostinis appetizer is an absolute must-have. These crostinis are bursting with flavor between the sweet balsamic roasted grapes, creamy whipped ricotta, a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of fresh rosemary.

Course: Appetizer, Side

Author: Natalie Mitchell

Ingredients:

  • 1 french baguette (sliced into ¼ inch thick slices)
  • 64 Holiday grapes (off the vine)
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ½ cup of whipped ricotta
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Honey to drizzle
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss Holiday grapes with balsamic vinegar, white sugar, pepper and salt.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add Holiday grapes in an even layer on the parchment paper and bake at 450 degrees fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until grapes have slightly burst open.
  4. On a separate baking sheet, line it with more parchment paper. Place baguette slices on the baking pan to make the crostini base.
  5. While the Holiday grapes are roasting, chop your fresh rosemary and set aside for finishing once the crostinis are ready.
  6. Once Holiday grapes are done roasting, let cool and place the pan with baguette slices in the oven at 425 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove baguette slices (crostinis) and place on a serving tray or plate.
  8. Spread a thin layer of whipped ricotta on top of each crostini slice.
  9. Add 3 or 4 roasted grapes on top of each whipped ricotta coated crostini, then drizzle honey over the top.
  10. Finish with chopped fresh rosemary, salt, black pepper and serve!

Tips:

  • For the best crispy crostini, use day old bread that has been left out. Since the bread is being toasted anyways, we do not need a baguette that is super soft like it typically is fresh out of the oven!
  • If you are in a time crunch, you can buy pre-made crostinis
  • Serve immediately for the best texture

Substitutions:

  • Whipped ricotta: You can replace this with whipped cream cheese or goat cheese for a similar taste and texture. For a lighter option, switch it out with a plain greek yogurt. For a dairy free or vegan option, use a vegan creamy cheese or greek style yogurt
  • Honey: You can remove this all together or replace with maple syrup (this may result in a slightly different taste profile).
  • Fresh rosemary: You can use 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary but I would not recommend ground rosemary.
  • Baguette: If you cannot find a long baguette, opt for another skinny and long bread to slice. You could also replace the bread with a hearty cracker as a vehicle to hold up the toppings. Additionally, you can make this gluten free if you replace it with a gluten free bread of choice!