Caramelized Grape Tartine

By Camille Styles
caramelized grape crostini - perfect 5-minute appetizer for an easy dinner party

caramelized grape crostini - perfect 5-minute appetizer for an easy dinner party

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.

caramelized grape crostini - perfect 5-minute appetizer for an easy dinner party

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

Comments (11)

  1. valladaresgabi says:

    Yum! I’m always on the look out for small bites to make when friends and family are visiting – I’m sure these would be a bit with everyone!


    1. Camille Styles says:

      Thanks! Definitely let us know if you give them a try!

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  3. Verena says:

    this looks soooooo delicious
    want to try this recipe asap – never tried caramelized grapes before 😉 like you said I pretty much only know them raw 😉
    amazing idea though also the combination with goat cheese =D
    Thanky for the inspiration 😉 also I am wondering how it tastes with mixed berries – could be nice to 😉

    1. Camille Styles says:

      I think that would be so delicious!

  4. Ivana @ The Charming Avenue says:

    Oh I definitely subscribe to that last suggestion: I’m most definitely going to pair these with a glass of great wine and a good book – why should the best food be reserved for the guests? No way 🙂
    They look really delicious, Camille!

  5. Brynn says:

    These look amazing! Putting them on the list of appetizers to try at my next get together (or perhaps just a wednesday night!).

  6. Erica M. says:

    I actually had a variation of this at a restaurant and loved it then made it myself for NYE. We use cold green grapes and a pre made balsamic reduction. SOOOO good with the hot toast and cheese and cold grapes. Plus it takes the prep down to making toast. Idiot proof!

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