There are countless recipes involving grapes that will satisfy your stomach. Instead of eating grapes on their own, you can add them to all of your favorite meals. They go surprisingly well with almost anything, so you can never go wrong. Here are the best recipes involving grapes that you should test out:
1. Chicken and Grape Salad
This is one of the most delicious recipes involving grapes that you could make for dinner. So if you're already cooking chicken, toss some grapes into the mix.
8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 rotisserie chicken (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 garlic clove, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
6 ounces red-leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (8 cups)
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
In a medium skillet, cook bacon for 9 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Shred half the chicken, discarding skin and bones. In a medium bowl, mash together yogurt and cheese. Stir in chives and garlic and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, bacon, lettuce, and grapes. Serve with yogurt.
2. Wild-Rice Pilaf with Rosemary and Red Grapes
If you want to make something fancy for all of your friends, this is a meal made for you. They'll be just as impressed by what this delicious dish is called as they are by how amazing it tastes.
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 cups wild-rice blend (from two 6-ounce packages), seasoning packets discarded
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried and crushed
1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, and salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add rice and rosemary. Cook for 1 more minute. Add broth and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat, cover, and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Add grapes and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Grapes and Walnuts with Lemon Sour Cream Sauce
If you can't choose between red or green grapes, use them both! This recipe contains every flavor you could ever dream of tasting.
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes
1 1/2 cups green seedless grapes
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
Combine sour cream, powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk, then chill for several hours. Divide grapes equally among 6 bowls. Add 2 tablespoons of the lemon topping to each dish. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tablespoon of chopped walnuts.
4. Turkey and Grape Wraps
Need a snack to wrap up for lunch later? Make this tortilla to take with you to work. All of your coworkers will be drooling over it.
4 cups chopped cooked turkey
2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
4 large fresh spinach leaves
Mix the turkey, grapes, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Add salt and black pepper. Place 1 spinach leaf in the middle of each tortilla. Spoon 1/4 of the turkey filling into each spinach leaf. Fold up the bottom of each tortilla to hold the filling, then wrap tightly. Leave the tops open.
5. Grape Muffins
Grapes are meant to be a snack, so why not combine them with muffins? It'll give your treat a whole new flavor you'll want to eat again and again.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 375F. Line 12 Muffins tins with paper cups. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Stir until ingredients are combined. Lightly fold in grapes. Bake 25 minutes.
6. Roasted Grapes
Did you know you can roast grapes? Instead of eating them right out of the package, take the time to heat them up. It's worth the small amount of effort it takes.
1/2 pound grapes, separated into small clusters
3/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
Preheat oven to 450F. Arrange grape clusters in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes. Serve with yogurt for dipping.
7. Grape Chutney
If you've never tried something like this before, now is the time. As long as you have a half hour to spare, you have nothing to lose.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallots
2 cups halved seedless purple or red grapes
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar or rice vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes. Add grapes, sherry, vinegar, mustard seeds, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 to 20 minutes.
The next time you're in the kitchen and can't decide what to make, try out one of these recipes. What's your favorite meal that involves grapes?