on the menu: roasted grapes with thyme, fresh ricotta and grilled bread
Everyone is always looking for a delicious treat to serve guests when hosting a dinner party – I know I’m constantly searching for something new. This recipe in particulr had my mouth watering by reading the title. Who doesn’t love a twist on bruschetta? I know I do!
This is making an apperance later this week on our dinner table. Bon appetit everyone!
* Grapes (use seedless purple grapes) * Good rustic bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces * Olive oil * Homemade Ricotta Cheese * Fresh Thyme * Lemon Zest * Fleur de Sel
1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Spread grapes onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Lay thyme leaves over top. Toss all together gently with your hands. Place pan in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until grapes just begin to burst. I prefer the shorter roasting time — it’s nice when some of the grapes remain in tact.
2. Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush the bread with olive oil. Grill until nice and toasty.
3. Assemble the open-faced sandwiches: Spread fresh ricotta over bread. Top with roasted grapes. Discard thyme sprigs. (While the thyme sprigs look pretty, it’s a little impractical to serve the sandwiches with the sprigs…they don’t taste so yummy.)