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Freshen up Holiday Entertaining: Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes.

  November 08, 2018

The holiday season is typically marked by gatherings of friends and family. Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, drop-in visitors or an important seasonal meal, taking a fresh approach to the menu can make the get-together more special.

As you prepare for the festivities, consider recipes that feature healthy ingredients such as versatile California grapes, which come in three vibrant colors — red, green, and black — and can add a palate-pleasing crunch and plenty of taste to everything from main dishes to sides and even desserts. Heart-healthy grapes are also perfect on their own as a snack, and their natural beauty can help enhance any table as an edible garnish or fresh centerpiece.

Using grapes as a featured ingredient in your holiday dishes can provide a fresh twist on seasonal dishes, such as these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Balsamic Glaze.

Find more holiday recipes at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 lb    Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 Tbsp    extra-virgin olive oil
pinch    of salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 c        red California grapes
2 Tbsp    ready-to-use balsamic glaze

Heat oven to 450 F.
On a baking sheet, toss sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste, until sprouts are well-coated. Roast until deep golden brown, about 17 to 20 minutes, turning sprouts halfway through roasting. Stir in grapes and roast 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and drizzle with glaze or drizzle platter with glaze and pile sprouts on top.

Nutritional information per serving: 150 calories; 3g protein; 20g carbohydrates; 7g fat
(42 percent calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat (6 percent calories from saturated fat);  
0 mg cholesterol; 30 mg sodium; 4 g fiber.

Seasonal Entertaining with Grapes

While the beautiful, vibrant colors of grapes can add visual interest to recipes, they can also serve a variety of purposes when hosting:
  • Grapes can make for easy decorations when placed in bowls, on platters, or draped from a cake plate.
  • Grapes can be “frosted” with sugar, spices, and chopped nuts then served as a finger food or used as a garnish to decorate cakes, cookies, puddings, mousses, and other seasonal desserts. Simply dip grape clusters in liquid gelatin then roll in your desired mixture.
  • Grapes make for a quick and easy hostess gift. Wrap multi-colored grape clusters in tissue paper then place them in a basket or tin tied with ribbon.
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