This is an adult appetizer. When I say adult, I’m not implying that it’s illegal if you’re under 17. I’m really saying that this appetizer is something so fabulous, classy, and delicious that it should be reserved to pamper your adult friends. If they actually paid for a babysitter then don’t waste their time with a box of Ritz and easy squeeze cheese. Plus, NO ONE should be eating squeeze cheese. (True story: My siblings and I ate that neon cheese during long roadtrips as kids. Shudder.)
This recipe takes less than an hour and there’s only 10 minutes of actual hands-on time. Your guests will spread creamy whipped honey ricotta on a crisp and nestle a few thyme-roasted grapes on top. It’s warm, crunchy, with a deep sweetness from the grapes. Your friends will lick their fingers and their plates.
The name of this appetizer sure sounds fancy-pants. But it’s really simple. Our secret. I knew I had a winning pairing when my Hunky Husband came home from a long day of tuning cellos and managing classrooms of sweaty tweens and teens. He didn’t say much, just noshed away. And simply said, “I really like it.” Which in Hunky Husband-ese means that he REALLY loved it. He’s not much for words after all those cellos.
If you’re not into the texture of ricotta cheese – don’t panic! You can substitute four ounces of warmed goat cheese drizzled with honey.
This recipe takes less than an hour and there's only 10 minutes of hands-on time. Your guests will spread creamy whipped honey ricotta on a crisp and nestle a few thyme-roasted grapes on top. It's warm, crunchy, with a deep sweetness from the grapes. Your friends will lick their fingers and their plates.
- Whipped Honey Ricotta
- 1/2 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
- Thyme Roasted Grapes
- 1 Large Bunch Red or Black Seedless Grapes
- 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- A few sprigs of fresh Thyme, extra to garnish
- Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- Whole Wheat 34 Degrees Crisps
- Start with making your Honey Whipped Ricotta. In a medium mixing bowl, whip ingredients together using an immersion blender or hand mixer. When texture is light with small peaks, cover and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash grapes and pat dry with a towel. Line a casserole dish or cast iron skillet with parchment paper. Place grapes inside and drizzle with oil and honey. Break up your thyme into smaller sprigs and intersperse among grapes. Finish with a few cranks of salt and pepper.
- Cook for 30 minutes and then check to see if your grapes have burst or puckered. The grapes are perfect if they have a bit of dark caramelized spots and a few have burst. If you have larger grapes, then you'll need to roast a little longer. If this is the case, increase the heat to 450 degrees for another 5 minutes.
- To Serve
- Allow grapes to cool for about 10 minutes and then plate on a large platter, including all of the juice. Accompany your grapes with a decorative bowl full of Honey Whipped Ricotta and Whole Wheat Crisps. Garnish with additional thyme.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I love working with 34 Degrees and I actually eat their products. 🙂