Tuesday, my team and I had a recipe and pairings shoot day – the most delicious day of the month! These grilled grapes are an ingredient to a lentil salad recipe we were shooting (look for that later in August) and they were SO DANG SCRUMPTIOUS and bursting with flavor on their own, that I felt we had to make this an easy, anytime app and share it! I asked our culinary creator, Tanya, if she had some extra goat cheese, which thankfully she did, and we made up this recipe on the spot. And then we ate every last finger-licking-good bite.
These grapes would also be amazing in green or grain salad, on pizza or bruschetta, with gorgonzola or as a topping for baked brie, in curry chicken salad, and more - but they are equally delicious as a sweet and salty snack on their own.
And without further ado, the very simple recipe…
Happy Accident Grilled Grapes (with Goat Cheese)
Recommended pairing: 2022 Rosé Grand Klasse
Note: Gum Drop grapes and Candy Shop grapes are super sweet and delicious for this recipe. If you can’t find them, we recommend seedless red grapes and you may find a little drizzle of honey or a hint of balsamic glaze makes them even better!
A beautiful cluster of grapes
Neutral high heat oil (such as avocado or grapeseed
Extra virgin olive oil
Flakey sea salt, smoked salt and/or smoked Aleppo pepper
Goat cheese, softened to room temperature
Cracker or baguette of choice
Heat your BBQ, grill pan or broiler on high heat. If using the broiler, be sure to put the grapes on a broiler-safe pan. Lightly brush the high heat oil on the grapes. Place them directly on the grill or pan of choice. Watch for them to blister slightly - approx 2-5 min depending on heat source. When they are to your liking, gently flip and cook the other side another 1-3 min watching carefully.
Remove from heat, let cool a bit. Place on a serving dish. Hollow out a dollop of goat cheese next to it - to collect drizzle in next step.
Drizzle grapes and goat cheese with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle both with seasonings of choice. Serve alongside a goat cheese and cracker or baguette.
Enjoy with a glass (or a bottle) of Rosé!