9/23/2012

Sunday Dinner

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Blue Cheese and Walnut Dusted Grapes

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It's more food on a stick!  I like to think that these little appetizers are a notch higher on the taste sophistication scale than, say, a deep fried twinkie.  The toasted nuts, pungent blue cheese, and ripe red grapes are all seasonal foods that come together in an intriguing combination of flavors delivered in a fun, easy to eat package.

A few notes-- you may be tempted to eat them right away, but don't.  They are far tastier once set and well chilled.  You will also wind up with leftover nuts and cheese dip that can be combined and thinned with a little milk to dress a green salad.  Appetizer for dinner and salad for lunch?  Works for me☺.
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Blue Cheese and Walnut Dusted Grapes
makes about 40 bites

6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons milk
Pinch kosher salt
4 cups shelled walnuts
1 pound red seedless grapes (about 40 grapes), washed and dried
Wooden skewers

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Place the walnuts on a large, rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Once cooled, place the walnuts in a food processor.  Pulse until they resemble bread crumbs, being careful not to over process.  Transfer the chopped nuts to a bowl. 

Wipe out the bowl of the food processor.  Combine the cheese, cream, milk, and salt and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

When ready to assemble, pierce a grape with a wooden skewer. Dip the grape into the blue cheese mixture and then into the walnut crumbs.  Place the grape on a platter or sheet pan and repeat with remaining grapes.  Refrigerate for at least two hours or until well-chilled.  Enjoy!

*Note- Leftover dip and walnuts can be combined and thinned with more milk and used as a salad dressing.

Source: Adapted from Whole Foods

3 comments:

  1. This is the perfect appetizer! Easy to make and easy to eat..pop and it's gone :)

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  2. I love those grapes so much! Stunning.

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