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