It's the party season and you need finger food that seems super fancy but is so easy to whip up it can be done (almost) one-handed. All whilst tending to the baby, the toddler, the husband and that glass of wine. Blue Cheese Crostini with Roasted Grapes fits the bill. Just slice a fresh baguette, spread on some creamy homemade blue cheese butter and top with balsamic roasted grapes just bursting with the most amazing flavor.
The Perfect Holiday entertaining food: Blue Cheese Crostini with Roasted Grapes
I love the Holidays, but seriously sometimes you just want it to S-L-O-W down!!! The parties, the shopping, the entertaining, the last minute guests (the last minute unexpected guests...). It's all great, but sometimes I can feel an ulcer coming on just thinking about it.
Which is why I love to have a couple of recipes up my sleeve that can be whipped up in 10 minutes with ingredients you likely have on hand. And if you don't you can totally improvise!
Thin slices of baguette topped with a homemade blue cheese butter and some balsamic roasted grapes just bursting with flavor.
Can I Use Any Substitutions?
If you don't have a baguette just chop up some bread and lightly toast it (no one will be the wiser), if you don't have grapes =>> cherry tomatoes or even diced tomatoes work just as well.
The blue cheese? Well you kinda need that. But it's so easy to pick up a wee pack of blue cheese and have it hanging around in the fridge until needed.
I was super excited to partner with Salemville® Cheese for this post, mainly because I have been using their blue cheese crumbles for the past year anyway so it was a total no-brainer 🙂
Their cheese varieties are rich in calcium and contain no preservatives or chemical additives which is something that is really important to me. Especially given the fact my kids are slightly obsessed with blue cheese...yes we are those people.
What About You? What Do You Like to Serve Up at a Holiday Party?
Do you have any tried and true Holiday appetizers you use for those times you just want to slow down and savor this special time of the year?
If you try our Blue Cheese Crostini I would love to hear from you so be sure to leave a comment. Happy eating.
Need more appetizers? Look no further, i've got you covered:
- Mini Brie Bites with Onion Jam;
- Self Saucing Honey Ginger and Garlic Pork Meatballs;
- Pistachio Feta and Pomegranate Crostini
Blue Cheese Crostini with Roasted Grapes
- 2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
- 2 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp minced shallots
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 french baguette cut into about 20 slices
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 oz crumbled Salemville blue cheese, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup candied pecans, (if you don't have candied then use toasted)
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme to serve
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Toss together grapes, balsamic vinegar, shallots, EVOO and coconut sugar. Arrange the grapes in a single layer in a small roasting pan and bake for 20 minutes or until grapes wilt and the liquid forms a thin syrup.
- Remove grapes from the oven and change the temp to full broil. Position the rack about 7 inches from the flame.
- Stir together butter and cheese and then spread over bread slices. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese mixture is browned and bubbly.
- Spoon grape mixture over toasted bread, and sprinkle with pecans and fresh thyme. Serve warm (but it is still delicious served cold!)