Love and Spices: Roasted grapes
with mozzarella di bufala

A dish that can be served as an appetizer or a dessert!

Recipe by Monique Singer

Previously published May 16, 2020

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From her family’s table to the jet-set parties she has catered in New York, Los Angeles, Venezuela, Spain, Haiti, and Asia, regardless of the set-up, function, atmosphere or style, Monique’s food has left its imprint on people’s taste buds. Enjoy!

Roasted Grapes With Mozzarella Di Bufala

This dish is truly scrumptious, whether as an appetizer or a dessert.
Your guests are sure to be impressed!

Preparation time: 15 min | Baking time: 30 min | Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C | Yields: 4 to 6 servings

  • 6 large clusters of seedless black grapes
  • 1 8 oz / 227 g ball of fresh mozzarella di bufala
  • 1 tbsp first cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml prepared balsamic vinegar fig glaze
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander spice
  • 1/2 tsp fleur de sel

Place the grape clusters on a cookie sheet with a rim, lined with parchment paper and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, coriander, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Drizzle the mixture over the grapes and roast for 1/2 hour.
While the grapes are roasting, cut the mozzarella into 4 to 6 slices, each 1/8 inch or 1/3 cm thick.
Remove the grapes from the oven and place one cluster on each plate over a slice of mozzarella.
Drizzle a small amount of the remaining sauce from the cookie sheet.
Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel on the mozzarella only.
Garnish with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme and coriander seeds.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar fig glaze, if desired.

Images: Anne Fillion

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