Equal parts sweet and savory, these roasted grape and mascarpone toasts are among the easiest appetizers you'll make. Not only is the recipe simple and budget-friendly but it's totally unique too.
Grapes are tossed in honey and olive oil and then cooked at high heat, which brings out their sweetness and juices. The result is a delightfully jammy concoction that's divine on top of toast. What's more, the addition of creamy mascarpone offers a tasty contrasting texture, though you're welcome to use other soft cheeses as well.
Whether you're a hosting a party or just sprucing up dinner, this easy appetizer recipe is sure to impress. Ahead, find the full step-by-step tutorial plus tips for customizing the dish.
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Roasted Grape and Mascarpone Toasts Recipe
Things You'll Need
2 cups grapes, washed and stems removed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme plus more for topping
4 oz. mascarpone
1 mini Italian loaf, sliced
This recipe yields enough roasted grapes to top eight small toasts. For a bigger batch, simply double or triple the ingredients.
1. Roast grapes
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a bowl, combine the grapes, oil, honey, salt and thyme. Toss until all of the grapes are coated.
Feel free to use green grapes (or a combination of red and green grapes).
Spread the grapes in an even single layer on the baking sheet.
Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until the grapes burst and look somewhat wrinkly. Remove them from the oven and crush the grapes with a potato masher; this will help release the juices.
2. Toast bread
Toast slices of Italian bread until golden brown.
3. Top with grapes and mascarpone
Spread mascarpone on each slice of toast.
Cream cheese, brie cheese and whipped feta are all delicious substitutes for mascarpone.
Top each toast with roasted grapes, making sure to include the juices.
Sprinkle with extra fresh thyme if desired. Serve immediately.