Grapes are pretty much perfect just the way they are, but even perfection welcomes an occasional tweak to keep from becoming boring. The naturally sweet, low-calorie, heart-healthy food is something I indulge in frequently and can get my family to join me in my healthy indulgence if a mix up the flavor a bit. When looking for a way to spice up the flavor of good old grapes, give these three new serving ideas a try.
Snip grape choice (red, white or green seedless) into small cluster of 5-10 grapes each. Mix dried eggs white and water or beat egg whites with a hand-held mixer until they develop soft peaks. Brush egg whites onto grapes clusters, one cluster at a time, then sprinkle toasted coconut and curry powder onto the egg white. Lay on cooling rack until egg white dry. Serve as a sweet and spicy nibble as a before-dinner appetite or after-dinner dessert.
Here’s an easy-to-make side or dessert for any grilling occasion. Use large sprigs of rosemary as the skewers for added flavor and alternate grapes and prosciutto ham. Brush with olive oil and grill one minute on each side or until grill marks appear. Sprinkle with crunchy sea salt or drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.
Grapes can be roasted just like vegetables – toss with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place prepared grapes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees. Spread toasted baguette slices and spread with cream cheese or goat cheese, then top with hot, roasted grapes and their pan juices.
Grapes can also be roasted right along side of chopped vegetables to give them a touch of sweetness.
Buying and Storing
Look for plump grapes and green stems when buying grapes, along with a frosty white cast (called the bloom) over the grapes which protects them against moisture loss.
Store unwashed grapes in the refrigerator in a covered container. Wash when ready to eat.