Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Easy Appetizer Recipes – Holiday and Otherwise

One of my favorite things to do is make an entire meal out of appetizers. Who needs soup to nuts or a large portion of a big entree when tiny bites of delicious foods await.

Mark Bittman, the Minimalist from the New York Times recently wrote an article called 101 appetizers to make in less than 20 minutes. As I go through the list, I am nodding my head and also tasting them in my mind. Yum.

But there’s more — 90 comments presumably offering their own easy recipes (I only read to 25).

Here’s an impressive appetizer. Every time I make it, everyone is very impressed and it’s so simple but takes longer than 20 minutes (the baking part).

Roasted Grapes

3 c  Red flame seedless grapes, rinsed and drained
1 c  red onion, thinly sliced
1 T  olive oil
1 T  balsamic vinegar
salt to taste
7 oz.  fresh goat cheese, about ¾ cup
Toasted baguette slices or firm cracker

In a 9 x 13 pan, mix grapes with onions and olive oil.
Bake in a 375-400 degree oven, stirring once after 20 minutes until grapes are browned and begin to collapse for a total of about 40-45 minutes. (add more time if doubling recipe)
Stir in vinegar and salt to taste.
Scrape into small bowl and serve at room temperature over goat cheese with toasted baguette slices.

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