Celebrating Friendsgiving? Here are some grape party foods to try out!
These offerings work well for potluck-style meals or hosting at home. We’re not gonna lie, sometimes these recipes make their way into our regular at-home meal rotation, too. They’re that tasty.
Whether you try them out once a year or eat them on the regular, we know these tried and true snacks are popular with friends and family, alike.
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a dish that’s primarily comprised of cheese, grapes, and pecans. I mean, three of the best things in the world right there, in our humble opinion. These babies work so well as individual hors d’oeuvres, but you could also chop up the individual grapes and go the route of making the mixture into one big delicious cheese-grape ball for dipping crackers into. (Note: we personally prefer the little balls because you’re more likely to get pecans in every bite!) Either way, this is a recipe that looks (and taste) far fancier than it actually is. It’s actually incredibly easy to make and quick, too, if you don’t count the time it takes to harden them up in the refrigerator. As Nancy Fuller says in the recipe video on Food Network.com, “Robust. Sweet…Perfect”.
Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers
Skewers are all about presentation. And our grapes, thankfully, are also pretty easy on the eyes. Not only because they’re big and plump, but because we grow different varieties in different colors. The picture from Sumptuous Spoonfuls shows how beautiful this recipe can be with a combination of green and black grapes. Our mixed bags were created for this exact sort of recipe (and for indecisive people and families who like a little variety, but we digress). The rosemary and fontina cheese make this recipe perfect for fall, but you could experiment with other cheeses and herbs and make this simple appetizer a year-round go-to with a never-ending list of alternative options.
Grape and Prosciutto Skewers
Speaking of skewers, here is an option from Mama Loves Food that relies less on the deliciousness of dairy and more on the winning flavor combination of buttery prosciutto and peppery arugula paired with our sweet, crunchy grapes! This is a great heartier option for parties that won’t have a main course, or for events with extended cocktail hours where guests might want their hor d’oeuvres a little more substantial.
Grape Tuxedo Bites
We have our own recipe for caramel-dipped grapes, so this suggestion must be pretty worthwhile to earn a spot on our list. What we appreciate about this recipe from the Food Network is that it’s actually three separate recipes you can make with different grape varieties for an assorted tray of flavor combinations. (We already told you how much we appreciate variety and options). In addition to another caramel-peanut recipe, this recipe offers insight on how to make White Chocolate Almond Grapes and Chocolate Toffee Grapes. Try all three or bring different flavors to different events.
Sorry to get a little cheesy on you, but we have to say it: appetizers don’t get any betta than bruschetta. There is something so satisfying about biting into a toasted piece of bread with something soft, gooey, and flavorful on top. It’s the sort of food where you want to pick up all the extras with your hands. This grape bruschetta is a perfect autumnal/winter treat, featuring pine nuts and thyme. The grape base is accentuated with shallots and balsamic vinegar, and we add in a layer of ricotta cheese to tie everything together. Delizioso!
Are you celebrating Thanksgiving with friends or family? Or both? Either way, we hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy time.
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