Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy — all the things a great appetizer should be! I love experimenting with snack-y bites to serve before dinner parties, and the two main requirements (aside from being delicious) are that they must take 5 minutes or less to make and require no more than a handful of ingredients. These caramelized grape crostini satisfy all of the above, and bonus points that they taste indulgent but are actually pretty healthy. Instead of the usual french bread base, I used a loaf of really wholesome seeded bread and sliced it super thin as the base for each toast.
The addition of caramelized grapes is fun and surprising — it’s not often that you see grapes served any way but raw, and you’ll be surprised by how sweet and syrupy they get when cooked down. A schmear of goat cheese, drizzle of balsamic and liberal pinch of sea salt are all it takes to make these such an unforgettable snack. And if you’re not hosting a fancy dinner party any time soon, don’t worry: these are equally perfect paired with a glass of pinot and Netflix. Keep reading for the recipe…
*photos by kate lesueur
- 3 cups seedless grapes (I used a mix of red and black)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- a few sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 loaf seeded bread, sliced as thinly as possible
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 4-ounce round creamy goat cheese
- fresh mint, thinly sliced
- balsamic vinegar (even better if you reduce it)
- In a small saucepan, combine grapes with sugar, 1 tablespoon water, thyme and a pinch of salt & pepper. Cook over medium-high until grapes start to soften and burst. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, brush bread slices with olive oil and toast in a 350-degree oven until light golden and crispy.
- Top each toast with a small spoonful of goat cheese, caramelized grapes, drizzle of balsamic, sprinkle of fresh mint, salt and pepper. Eat!