15 Inventive Ways to Eat Grapes Besides by the Bunch
There are grapes, and then there are peak-season grapes: crisper, juicier, sweeter. And while you can certainly enjoy them out of hand, they work unexpected magic in cooked and baked dishes, too. Read on to discover 15 ways to eat grapes besides just by the bunch.
Grilled Flank Steak with Grapes and Stilton
Red wines taste great with hearty steak and robust Stilton, and it's no wonder that red grapes do, too. Home cook Soup Loving Nicole adds, "The flavor combo sounds odd but it's really not. The sweetness of the grapes compliment the peppery taste of the watercress and the acidity ties it all in together. Excellent recipe!"
Roasted Grape Crostini with Fresh Herbs
Roasting grapes makes them sweeter, and mixing varieties adds beautiful pops of color. Roasting them whole helps them keep their shape. For this recipe creator lutzflcat serves roasted grapes with creamy, lemony ricotta on toasted baguette slices.
Italian Fresh Purple Grape Cake
Home cook RUBY2 says, "These grapes are in season in my part of the world and my family loves them. The cake is rather unusual and absolutely delicious." Serving suggestion: Combine 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese with 1 tablespoon honey for a sweet and creamy topping.
Concord Grape Pie I
Home cook SALLYDINIUS gives this old-fashioned pie a 5-star rating and offers this helpful prep tip: "Just a note about peeling the grapes: It isn't difficult! It's very easy and you can even get your children in on the act. Holding the grape, point the eye (where the stem was attached) toward the bowl, and SQUEEZE! The grape pops right out of the skin and into the bowl. (Concord grapes are of the 'slip skin' variety, so named because the skins will slip right off.)"
Pork Tenderloin with a Honey Grape Sauce
"Grilled pork tenderloin served with a sauce made with shallots, garlic, honey, grapes, and ginger. Simple preparation with an exotic taste." —JDVMD
Home cook JoGee says she loved it and offers this tip: "The only change I made was to sear the meat first and bake in 400 deg oven for 25 mins. Used instant read thermometer to check when 145 deg internally. Removed from oven and let set for 10 15 mins loosely covered with foil. Made sauce during this resting time."
Butternut Squash with Grapes
"What a tasty and unusual approach to butternut squash those little purple bursting orbs of grapes made this really fun to eat and I'm glad that it wasn't roasted w/ brown sugar and cinnamon as so many winter squashes are." —Rock_lobster
Mini Dessert Tacos
Use a cookie cutter to cut disks out of tortillas, fry them into taco shapes, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and fill with sliced grapes and strawberries. Your kids are going to love them!
Super Simple Raita
"This yogurt-y condiment goes perfectly with spicier dishes, and takes just a few minutes to toss together. You can use either fresh fruit or veggies." —Raghavan Iyer
"Cucumber crocodiles were huge when I was a kid growing up in Germany," says recipe creator Barbara. "You can skewer it with other little finger foods as well."
Classic Minnesota Wild Rice Salad
Grapes' crisp skins and juicy centers are a sweet and refreshing surprise with tender chicken, nutty wild rice, and crunchy cashews. Recipe creator Scott N says, "It is best served after sitting overnight to ensure all the flavors get a chance to know each other."
"These fun and unique pickles are delicious! They're a stunning side to grilled meats and sandwiches or straight out if the jar. Store grapes in refrigerator for 1 week. Enjoy!" —CJ
White Chocolate Grapes
You can whip up these fruity treats in just a few minutes. "These little gems are perfect!" raves Cherry Blossom. "So easy for children to help/make. I have to say that we like the white chocolate on the grapes more so then the milk chocolate that we also tried. The peanuts really finish the recipe into perfection!"
"Spa"ctacular Frozen Grapes
"Spectacular" little recipe! Ya just gotta love it when a few items you have laying around the kitchen turn into something a little extra special. I've frozen fruit before, but never grapes. And while they're delicious with or without sugar - that addition gave regular 'ol grapes a little pizzaz." —Jillian
Grilled Tuna Steaks with Grape and Caper Salsa
The sweetness of grapes counterbalances the saltiness of capers and tartness of lemon in this tasty tuna dish. Be sure to rinse and drain the capers so they don't overpower the other flavors in the salsa.
Mint and Fruit Smoothie
Pop a handful of grapes into your blender along with a little applesauce, a squeeze of lime juice, a couple of frozen strawberries, some pineapple, and a few fresh mint leaves to make this colorful smoothie. Home cook lovestohost said she'd considered adding a little Captain Morgan rum to make it a grown-up smoothie. Full speed ahead!
Portions of this content originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.