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Grapes have always been one of my favorite fruits.  I remember as a kid in summertime I used to love freezing them.  Cool and refreshing, yes, but also so incredibly sweet (if you’ve ever had ice wine, you’ll know what I mean).  Roasting also brings out grapes’ natural sweetness.  I serve my roasted grapes with pan-seared chicken cutlets and thyme-buttered orzo, for a delicious take on the classic chicken with grapes.  It goes to show, grapes can be much more than a snack or a pretty addition to a cheese platter.

A Couple Ideas for Variations:  Just a couple things I want to mention.  I used thyme (not only because it goes so well, but also because I seriously love it), but I also think tarragon would be great in this dish.  Also, I deglaze the pan with a little red wine vinegar, but if you prefer you can use red wine instead.  To do so, omit the sugar and add a splash (maybe 1/4 c cup or so) of red wine (off the flame), then cook until reduced by half and proceed with the recipe.  Oh, one last thing…it might be fun to try a green grape variation with white wine vinegar (or whine wine) and maybe some fennel, in which case I would definitely go with tarragon to accent the licorice-y flavor of fennel (and maybe serve it with pan-seared or poached fish!).  Ok, I’m pretty excited now.  ;) Roasted Grapes with Shallots & Thyme

(Yield:  2 servings)

4 oz (about 8 small) shallots or pearl onions

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp butter

1 tsp sugar

1 TB red wine vinegar

2 tsp minced fresh thyme

9 oz (about 1 1/2 c) seedless red grapes, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper

Prepared thyme-buttered orzo (for serving)

Pan-seared chicken cutlets (for serving)

Preheat oven to 325F.  Peel shallots (or pearl onions) by cutting off the stem end, then carefully using a sharp paring knife to remove the papery outer layer.  Put the oil and butter in a medium oven-safe skillet over medium heat; when the butter is melted, add the shallots and sauté until starting to brown (about 7 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Turn off heat and add the sugar and vinegar (which will bubble vigorously); once the vinegar stops bubbling, add the thyme and grapes.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and give everything a stir.  Roast for about 25 minutes (stirring occasionally), until the shallots are tender and golden caramel-colored in places, and the grapes are soft but still hold their shape.

Serve the roasted grapes and shallots alongside orzo and pan-seared chicken cutlets, if desired.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. What a great idea! I’ve never roasted grapes before. I can only imagine the flavor of these, especially with the shallots and thyme. I’ll definitely keep this recipe in mind.

  2. A lovely presentation! I love the combination of grapes and shallots, they look very much alike in the last photo. And I’m sure they pair very well with chicken.

  3. I freeze my grapes too…love them in the summer that way :)
    I could definitely see doing this dish with a poached fish, and I love tarragon so I would go there :)
    Beautiful looking dish…also, love your “splash of wine” idea…1/4 cup or so ;0

  4. We love grapes and my boys used to freeze them too. I have never tried roasting them but it sounds like a wonderful idea.

  5. Wonderful use of grapes with the shallots and thyme. The roasting of the grapes and shallots brings out a great deep falvor.

    Bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

  6. i feel like hot grapes must be so weird, but i think i’d actually like them. they’re worth a try, at least!

  7. The grapes look perfect! I’m sure it’s easy to over-cook them so that they have no texture at all. That’d be my mistake :) Thyme is growing on me. It has a very mossy smell to it and that turned me away at first. But I am starting to really enjoy it :)

  8. Wow! Roasting a grape, that sounds interesting, Faith. You are a real innovative head. Keep it up, best wishes.

  9. Terrific recipe–I have never roasted grapes. Your tips for variations are so good too. It has been Years since I made a similar dish–CHicken Veronique (green grapes in a white wine cream sauce) but this rendition has much more appeal—Thanks!

  10. I love roasted grapes, especially with pork. I will surely try the addition of shallots. Sounds good.

  11. such a creative way to have grapes! I’ve never thought about adding it in savory dishes!!

  12. This is a discovery for me as I have never tasted nor heard of roasting grapes; what a lovely pairing of flavors too, light, elegant and flavorful.

  13. The last time I cooked with grapes, it was with fish, too!! Fish and grapes just go so well together. Grapes is ONE of my favorite foods, and I discovered the goodness of frozen grapes way too late in my life.

  14. Now thats a great idea, haven’t paired these flavours either. Lovely pics Faith, this looks like a really romantic styled dishes. Love it.

  15. 5 Star Foodie says:

    I love to use red seedless grapes for savory side dishes but I always saute them in a skillet. Next time I will try roasting, a terrific idea!

  16. What an interesting combination of flavors. And beautiful presentation! This is a great meal, Faith!

  17. This is such a lovely and simply elegant meal, it reminds me a lot of meals my Mum used to make when I was a kid (she was a very traditional French chef)

  18. I would have never thought to roast grapes, but I bet that tastes delicious. It looks like a very elegant dish too. Love it. Will definitely try this:)

  19. I love frozen grapes too. These grapes and pearl red onions are same size, maybe I will try to use pearl onions instead of shallots. Looks great.

  20. Roasted grapes sound amazing and I’ve always found shallots to have a slightly sweet flavor that must be great with the grapes. Lovely!

  21. I’ve never frozen or roasted grapes before, but I’m thinking I need to jump on that bandwagon. This dish looks so simple yet so lovely and satisfying. I love adding fruit and other sweet components to savory dishes, it just adds such a great dimension :)

  22. This looks like such a gorgeous dish! I’m totally obsessed with thyme as well–it’s got such a fresh, earthy flavor to it. I’d love to give this a try for dinner one night. Yum!!

  23. Roasted grapes and shallots served with chicken … mmmm…I love the sound of the dish…and the combination of flavours is beyond delish!

  24. Ohhhh, I never would have thought to roast grapes & then serve it so elegantly with chicken. This is such a great dish for the holidays. Pretty too! xo

  25. This looks great! I have never had grapes with chicken…now I know I must try it!

  26. Faith,

    I could go for some ice wine right about now. Oven roasting adds such wonderful flavor to just about anything. Grapes are nice raw. However, roast them in the oven and they go to another level. The shallots and thyme compliment perfectly. A winner, winner chicken dinner dish!

    Bravo

  27. Now that sounds like a cool idea. How novel, and how exciting. Yes, a great way to think of grapes beyond the cheese platter!

  28. Not that is a creative dish! I’m buying grapes today. And shallots. Fortunately I have thyme growing. I love every single ingredient in that recipe …

  29. I would have never thought to roast grapes, but I bet they would be GREAT!

  30. Really unusual, Faith! And serving this with fish is inspired!

  31. I would never have thought of roasting grapes, I will certainly give this a try, it sounds delicious. Diane

  32. I have been seeing grapes in flat bread and in pizza and in dips and now this, lately. Grapes are undeniably IN… delicious, yes, but never thought of them roasted. In the 70’s they were very big with cornish game hen… and now they look fantastic in this dish. YUM.
    :)
    Valerie

  33. This sounds like one of those simple side dishes that I will be making time and time again. Love how it goes with just about anything, and who can resist the concentrated goodness of roasted grapes?

  34. That is such a creatively delicious idea.
    I am sure the sweetness of the grapes compliment the dish so nicely. Nice work!

  35. I have never tried roasted grapes and this seems like a sper fantastic idea for delish sides!

  36. What a great idea! Can you believe that I’ve never tried this before-I haven’t even tried chicken with grapes! It sounds great Faith! :)

  37. You always introduce me to something I never imagined before like roasting grapes. It sounds so good though so I might have to try it!

  38. beautiful photos !

    this looks wonderfully fabulous – I love grapes and never thought to roast them! I bet they are perfect with shallots!

  39. Faith,

    I need to try this roasted grapes. Sounds delicious.

  40. I love grapes in food as well. THese look delicious and they match perfectly with the chicken. Beautiful photos as well.

  41. never would have put those two together, but dang it if that doesn’t look scrumptsh!

  42. Interesting dish. I’ve never had roasted grapes! But looking at your dish, I would love to try them. Looks delicious!

  43. I also love thyme. The grapes and shallots with thyme sounds like a perfect combination!

  44. A wonderful side dish! Very flavorful and refined.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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