Roasted Grapes Hazelnut Goat Cheese Crostini

Roasted Grapes & Hazelnut Goat Cheese

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I eat tons of fruit!  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one ;).  Paired with a good source of protein such as cheese, yogurt, etc, and they make for a perfect snack any time of the day.  It’s really really difficult for me to rank the fruits based on favorability, but I can assure you grapes are wayyy up there.  An added bonus is that they can be enjoyed past the summer months through winter.

Grapes of all colors are a great source of beneficial antioxidants and polyphenols (e.g. resveratrol).  One serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.  They provide potassium and are a good source of vitamin K.  Also, they are considered a functional food because they provide health benefits beyond the provision of essential nutrients when an adequate amount is consumed as part of the diet on a daily basis.

My research paper for the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals course that I took back in April was on grapes/wine and resveratrol (after this assignment, I have a whole new appreciation for grapes), and you would not believe the immensity of existing and ongoing research studies focusing on possible uses in the prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s).

Roasted Grapes

While simply popping them in your mouth is perfectly delicious, taking it a step further and roasting them with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary will take you to a whole new place!  The fragrant aroma tickling your nose and seeing the skins wrinkle up as they reach the verge of bursting make for a sensual experience.  My husband who has yet to open up to rosemary was amazed at how wonderful it tastes paired with grapes.  Perhaps I can sneak in the woody herb into other dishes as well ;).

Just as a friendly warning, it will be extremely difficult to stop your fingers from picking these grapes up as soon as they come out of the oven.  And if you really feel helpless, then don’t fight the urge…use that extra energy instead to simply roast another batch.  Nothing to it! ;)

Hazelnuts

As for these crostini, I like to prepare the bread and goat cheese first before roasting the grapes as they taste even more exceptional topped with the juicy orbs straight from the oven.  Roast the hazelnuts in a pan over medium-high heat.  No need to add oil as there’s plenty in the nuts.  Once they turn golden-brown, remove from heat and place in a mini food processor to chop finely.  Add honey and goat cheese and just like that, you have a wonderful spread!

Goat Cheese Roasted Grapes & Hazelnut Goat Cheese Crostini

Serve this at your next gathering and be prepared to be showered with oohs and ahhs.  The stunning presentation and complexity of flavors are so contradictory to how simple they were to make.  Don’t you just love that?  Hope you give this recipe a try!

Question:

Besides enjoying them as they are, how do you incorporate grapes into various dishes?

Roasted Grapes Hazelnut Goat Cheese Crostini
 
Serves: 14-16 Crosini
Ingredients
  • 1 Ib red seedless grapes
  • 1 Tbs olive oil + more for baguette slices
  • 1 Tbs roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 baguette, sliced ⅓ in. thick
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 Tbs honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Arrange bread slices on a large baking sheet and brush tops with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, roast hazelnuts in a pan until golden brown. Add to mini food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add goat cheese and honey and pulse until blended. It will be a bit thick so additional mixing with a spatula in a bowl will be necessary.
  3. Once the bread is done, increase the oven temp to 400 F. Combine grapes, rosemary, oil, pinch of salt and pepper on a foil-lined baking sheet and gently toss together. Roast approx 15-20 minutes or until they're slightly wilted and bursting.
  4. Spread a generous layer of hazelnut goat cheese on top of bread. Top with roasted grapes and serve immediately.

Lovely comments

  1. says

    Oh Min – this is my kind of eating!! I roasted grapes too for my ReDux recipe but I’m now itching to make them again with rosemary – genius! They are indeed addicting, right out of the oven. This is like the perfect fall appetizer – heck, I’d make this my dinner :)

    • says

      I know! I just couldn’t stop eating them!! Good thing they are healthy ;). Haha. I was so full after snacking on them that it ended up being my dinner too ;). Nothing wrong with that!

    • says

      I used to hate goat cheese (crazy, right?) but now it seems like I’m making up for lost times haha. If you love goat cheese and grapes, this one is def for you! ;)

    • says

      Hehe I’m very aware of your obsession with anything on toasted bread ;). I think you’ll love this one, Ashely! Hope you had a great weekend as well!

    • says

      Oh I’m the same way! My husband tells me I look like I have E.T body by the time I’m done eating fruits. He sure knows how to flatter a woman.

  2. says

    I paired grapes w rosemary in my recipe too…divine is right! I’m totally going to try the spread too. It sounds like a killer combo w the hazelnuts…I should use them more! Love the extra info on resveritol too!

  3. says

    Wow Min, this looks phenomenal! I have had grilled grapes before and love them, brings out the sweetness so I’m sure the roasted grapes are awesome! Plus I love goat cheese, so this is going on my list to try for sure! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays.

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  4. says

    Oh, my! What a scrumptious sounding combination! I will definitely be making this. And the pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Now I’m really hungry.

  5. says

    Min, these crostini are gorgeous and look delish! Have not thought about roasting grapes, what a fun way to enjoy their concentrated flavors. And love the flavors you’ve chosen to pair them with esp the rosemary. Perfect for a fall cocktail party!

  6. says

    This looks absolutely delicious!!! The roasted grapes with the goat cheese sound like an incredible flavor combination!!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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