Sweet red grapes and salty green olives are roasted together to make an unusual match that pairs exquisitely together. This unique combination is the perfect addition to a cheese platter, charcuterie board or appetizer spread.
We have now officially hit the holiday season! I know for some people that it can be stressful, but I love it. I love all of the traditions, I love the extra time spent with family and most of all I love the food. This whole month I will be sharing with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving and holiday recipes. To start out, I have some simple appetizer recipes that can be used for holiday parties or when guests come to visit.
Roasted Red Grapes and Green Olives
I’ve been wanting to share an appetizer recipe for the holidays, that is not only easy but versatile too. I had seen recipes for roasted grapes and I had seen recipes for roasted olives, so I thought to myself, why not put them together. While it sounds like an odd combination, these two are honestly a perfect pair. The grapes are sweet and the olives are salty. Add in a little fresh thyme and some lemon and you’ve got yourself an unbelievable combination.
How to Roast Grapes and Olives
- In a bowl, toss together your grapes and olives.
- Drizzle in some really good olive oil and add in fresh lemon juice & zest.
- Sprinkle in the fresh thyme leaves and season with salt & pepper.
- Toss everything to combine and roast on a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes.
You will know that these little beauties are ready to go when your olives have slightly browned roasted spots on them and your grapes have started to shrivel and become darker in color. It’s best to cool them before serving, but they are actually really good warm too!
Cocktails and Appetizers
This recipe is bold enough to stand alone, but can also pair with other foods in an appetizer spread. It makes a great addition to any cheese platter or charcuterie board. Also, the grapes pair really well with a sharp cheddar or creamy brie and the olives go well with a spicy capicola or earthy goat cheese. If you are looking to add these to your wine tasting menu, the olives pair well with dry sherry or chardonnay and the grapes pair well with merlot or even champagne.
Roasted Grapes and Olives
- 1 ½ cups red seedless grapes, washed and stems removed
- 1 ½ cups green olives, drained
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 whole lemon, juice and zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine grapes and olives.
- Add in olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
- Put grape and olive mixture on the prepared sheet pan and roast for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven until grapes are slightly shriveled and olives are slightly browned.
- Cool completely and serve.
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Keep an eye out these next few days for more appetizer recipes to get you through the holidays including a step-by-step guide on how to assemble the perfect charcuterie board!