Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Toast is an easy, elegant appetizer that’s sure to impress your holiday party guests. Made with sweet red or black California grapes, creamy goat cheese, chopped pecans and a hint of rosemary, this easy recipe has the flavors you crave in one bite!Jump to Recipe
I partnered with Grapes from California on this post to share my recipe and tips for celebrating the holidays.
The holiday season is finally here! If you’re hosting a party or adding your favorite dish to a potluck, keep reading for some fun and delicious ways to add grapes to your dishes and decor.
Though I live in Georgia, California Grapes are my local grape!
That’s because over 99% of the commercially grown grapes grown in the United States from California. They are available May – January each year. So grab a bag at your supermarket and try some of these easy ideas and my roasted grape and goat cheese toast recipe!
Ways to Add California Grapes to Your Holiday Table
Sweeten up a cheese or charcuterie board. Add red, black or green grapes to your holiday snack boards for a burst of flavor.
Pair them up. Grapes go well with so many other foods. Try them with different types of cheeses like brie, goat cheese, feta, and even cheddar cheese.
Try a sweet swap. Grapes can go anywhere a tomato goes and beyond. I love adding them to shrimp or vegetable skewers or tossed into salads. These are all perfect make-ahead potluck dishes! Speaking of skewers…
If you have leftover rosemary, skewer grapes on the stems for a beautiful and edible garnish
Keep drinks cool. Add frozen grapes to a glass of champagne or sparkling water for a pretty pop of color that also keeps your drink chilled.
Make a cocktail. Grapes make a flavorful and colorful base for cocktails and mocktails.
Frost them. Frosted grapes are perfect on top of desserts like creme brulee and more. And they are so easy to make!
Decorate with grapes. Dress up a holiday turkey platter with grapes tucked in for a pop of color. Add fresh grapes to the table for a colorful and edible centerpiece.
My Favorite Holiday Appetizer
I created this roasted grape and goat cheese toast for California Grapes several years ago. But I keep coming back to it. Especially at this time of year.
It adds a beautiful pop of color to any holiday appetizer party platter and you can also enjoy it for a holiday brunch or breakfast any day! And it’s one of the easiest recipes to pull together! I’m showing you step by step how to make it.
How to Make Roasted Grape & Goat Cheese Toast
Wash and remove grapes from the bunch. I like red or black grapes for this recipe.
Pat the grapes dry, place on a baking sheet and with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a little coarse salt. Roast them. (BTW: If you haven’t tried roasted grapes, do it now.)
While the grapes roast, mix the goat cheese, nuts, and herbs.
After just a few minutes, the grapes are perfectly roasted and it’s time to combine it all. Simply spread your toasts with the goat cheese mixture and top with as many grapes as you can fit! Sprinkle with extra pecans or herbs and serve.
I hope you get to try this roasted grape and goat cheese toast recipe this season.
It’s a perfect way to make the most of the end of season grape harvest and wow your friends!
Roasted Grape & Goat Cheese Toast
- 16 whole-grain baguette slices (about ½ inch thick)
- 2 cups black or red seedless California grapes
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp coarse salt
- 4 oz. goat cheese, softened at room temperature
- 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Toss the grapes, olive oil and salt on a baking sheet. Roast 10 minutes, until the grapes begin to caramelize.
- Meanwhile, mix the goat cheese with fresh rosemary and toast the baguette slices.
- Layer each toast with ¼ ounce (~ ½ tablespoon) of the rosemary goat cheese, top with warm roasted grapes and sprinkle with toasted pecans evenly.
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