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Cheese/Grape Appetizers

These small bites are well worth the time they take. Serve them as part of an antipasto platter or as a cheese course alongside your favorite wine. —Eleanor Grofvert, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces sliced almonds (about 1 cup)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • Appetizer skewers or toothpicks
  • 1 to 1-1/4 pounds seedless red or green grapes, rinsed and patted dry

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 275°. Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely chopped (do not overprocess). Spread in a 15x10x1-in. pan; bake until golden brown, 6-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a shallow bowl; cool slightly.
  • In another bowl, mix cream cheese, blue cheese, parsley and cream until blended. Insert a skewer into each grape. Roll grapes in cheese mixture, then in almonds; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
Nutrition Facts
5 each: 146 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Orbs
    Jan 24, 2020

    Delicious, fun, and a nice addition to an appetizer tray. I substituted feta cheese for the blue cheese. Thank you, Eleanor, for sharing this recipe.

  • kathi6029
    Mar 19, 2012

    I found this recipe very easy to prepare. I first made sure the grapes were clean and completely dry. Then I stirred them into the cheese mixture. I then pulled each one apart and laid them into the crushed almonds and rolled them around. These are really delicious and I would make them again.

  • moonladyinthesky
    Feb 17, 2011

    This is a Martha Stewart recipe that is time consuming but worth all the effort for a cocktail party. Shape into a cluster of grapes and add a artifical grape leaf and it is sunning

  • fanofjuliachild
    Jan 2, 2010

    It is somewhat tedious to cover the grapes with the cheese, but they look good and taste very good. The sweetness of the grape goes so well with the blue cheese.

  • FruitGal
    Oct 18, 2009

    These were really, really hard to prepare. I did about 15 and had to quit. Taste was OK. I had been excited about the juicy, sweet grape inside this appetizer but it was just too hard to get the soft covering on....