December 31, 2012

Goat Cheese & Pistachio Wrapped Grapes & Happy New Year


Happy New Years Eve! If you're celebrating tonight by hosting some friends or attending a party, you've probably already got your menu planned - I know I do!  But in case you're still looking for a small appetizer to add to the table, I've got the perfect idea for you!

I first saw the idea of wrapping grapes in goat cheese and nuts on a blog and I thought it sounded like the perfect bite-sized party treat.  It basically combines three elements of a typical cheese platter - grapes, cheese, and nuts, into one sweet and tasty bite!

While you only need three ingredients to make these, they are a bit time-consuming (although it will go faster if you can recruit a helper or two)! The results are worth the work though - I loved the combination of the crunchy pistachios with creamy goat cheese and a juicy grape inside. I served these to my family on Christmas Eve and they were definitely a hit, everyone loved them!

And for another easy hors d'oeuvre idea that also uses nuts and goat cheese, try these goat cheese and almond stuffed dates that I made last year during the holidays!

Have a great evening everyone!


Goat Cheese & Pistachio Wrapped Grapes
As seen on various sites, such as Squash Blossom Babies and Sandy a la Mode
Note: I realize you don't really need another recipe for these, but I just wanted to show the amounts that I used below. For more detailed step-by-step pictorial instructions, see the links above

40 small red seedless grapes
1 small log (113g) goat cheese
1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios

Wash and dry the grapes.  Take a small piece of goat cheese and squish it flat with your fingers. Wrap it around one end of a grape and press firmly so that the cheese sticks in a thin layer. Continue adding cheese until the whole grape is covered (Note: You want the cheese as thin as possible, but without holes or gaps).

Continue wrapping grapes in goat cheese until the cheese is used up - you should have enough for about 40 small grapes. 

Use a food processor to crush the pistachios into fine crumbs.  Place the crumbs in a shallow bowl.  Roll each goat cheese covered grape in the pistachios and press them in with your fingers so that they stick. 

Keep finished grapes refrigerated until serving time.

12 comments:

  1. I had not seen these before. They look awesome so thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I'm glad I could share a new idea with you - hope you get to try them some time!

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  2. Oh, yum! These look amazing. I love goat cheese paired with fruit. Perfect appetizer idea!

    Happy New Year! :)

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    1. Me too - although I usually pair goat cheese with other fruits, so it was nice to try something new! Happy new year to you too :)

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  3. I've never heard of this before! But it is such a good idea--it's one of those things that looks so fancy and will impress all your guests. :) I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    1. Definitely true - it looks fancier than it is, and I would say that everyone was impressed with these! Happy New Year!

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  4. Those look marvelous!!! Too bad I didn't see your post before, we had all the ingredients home and were missing a mind blowing appetizer!! I'll keep for the next party, though!!

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    1. Oh, too bad - I got a bit behind in my posting! You'll definitely have to keep them in mind to try out next time!

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