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This fun and tasty appetizer is perfect to serve to family while you are waiting for the Thanksgiving Turkey to cook, or to share with friends at a Tailgate.


roasted grape crostini

3 cups grapes, halved lengthwise

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon orange peel

24 slices french baguette

1/2 cup shaved Manchego cheese

thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Heat oven to 400F. In a bowl, toss grapes with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until softened and lightly browned. Transfer to a small bowl, stir in orange peel.

Change oven setting to broil. Place baguette slices on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until light brown. To serve, spoon warm grape mixture over toasts, top with cheese and basil (I spread a little ricotta on top of the toasts then layered on the grapes, cheese and basil).


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, November 2014