Roasted Grape and Mascarpone Toasts

Yes, roasted grapes! Think: sweet, savory, juicy goodness atop creamy mascarpone and crunchy toast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Video: Roasted Grape and Mascarpone Toasts

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

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Tip

This recipe yields enough roasted grapes to top eight small toasts. For a bigger batch, simply double or triple the ingredients.

1. Roast grapes

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Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

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In a bowl, combine the grapes, oil, honey, salt and thyme. Toss until all of the grapes are coated.

Tip

Feel free to use green grapes (or a combination of red and green grapes).

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Spread the grapes in an even single layer on the baking sheet.

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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.

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2. Toast bread

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Toast slices of Italian bread until golden brown.

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3. Top with grapes and mascarpone

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Spread mascarpone on each slice of toast.

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Tip

Cream cheese, brie cheese and whipped feta are all delicious substitutes for mascarpone.

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Top each toast with roasted grapes, making sure to include the juices.

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Sprinkle with extra fresh thyme if desired. Serve immediately.

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For more easy appetizers, check out our recipe for Italian Antipasti Skewers!

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