Turn Sour Grapes into a Delicious Treat
Have you ever bought a bunch of grapes only for them to be too sour to enjoy? Try roasting them! Roasting concentrates the sugar content in grapes and makes the taste more palatable. You can pair roasted grapes with pork or chicken, or use a blender or food processor to make a compote for cheese and crackers. Here, I decided to add the grapes to plain Greek yogurt with some sesame snaps for added crunch as a dessert or snack.
- 1 to 2 small bunches red grapes (36 to 42 grapes)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 3 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 3 pieces sesame snaps, crushed into small sections
- Pre-heat oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Place grapes with stems intact in a roasting pan. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and toss grapes a few times to evenly coat them.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the grapes' skin is slightly bubbly on the outside.
- Remove and let cool (or refrigerate for about 10 minutes). Remove roasted grapes from stems.
- Using six bowls, place in each bowl: ½ cup Greek yogurt, ¼ cup roasted grapes (about 6 or 7 grapes) and a few pieces of sesame snaps. Serves 6.
- Substitute nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios in place of the sesame snaps.
- Any unused grapes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Tok-Hui Yeap, RD, LD, is an Oregon-based registered dietitian and blogger. Read her blog, KinderNutrition.com.
(Photo: Tok-Hui Yeap, RD, LD)