Perhaps you’ve never looked for a grape recipe before. After all, they’re probably most often enjoyed as they are, popped right into one’s mouth (and poured in in the form of wine). But grapes are ripe for using in dishes both sweet and savory, cooked and raw.
Chowhounds have great grape ideas, from simply freezing them to snack on (which makes them “very satisfying and sorbet-like” according to pigtails) to roasting or sauteing them to serve with meats. Arrange whole grapes in a pan with sausages and shallots and roast to serve with polenta or mashed potatoes. Or put them on pizza.
JalamaMama says pizza with grapes, rosemary, and blue cheese is great (obviously!), and katecm has an interesting dessert preparation: “Wash them, dry them thoroughly and pop them in the fridge to chill them well. While stirring, drizzle melted bittersweet chocolate in them until they’re mostly coated. Toss them in cocoa and chill them again. They’re crisp, delicious, and refreshing.” Sounds like a fruity take on those cocoa-dusted almonds from the bulk bin, right?
TrueBlue marinates grapes in lemon juice and sherry for a cocktail snack; put them on a cheese tray for a nice change of pace.
Or try one of these:
The Best Grape Recipes
Even more delicious ways to use your grapes besides simply popping them like nature’s candy, one by one.
One sure way to upgrade your PB&J? Use our Homemade Grape Jelly recipe for the peanut butter partner. You’ll need three and a half pounds of the most delicious black grapes you can get (Concord are ideal). They’ll cook down into just three jars of intensely flavored jelly, which you can store in the fridge for up to a month if you don’t actually want to go through the canning process.
Weck Mini Mold Jars, 12 for $44.95 from Williams Sonoma
Perfect for storing homemade jam for the short- or long-term.
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Concord grapes truly are some of the most flavorful you can find, with tart and musky notes to balance their sweetness; while we hope you have a few for garnishing our Concord Grape Martini recipe, you can still make it if not—thanks to bottled Concord grape juice. If you do have fresh Concords, try our Concord Fizz for something a little lighter. And know that easier-to-find red table grapes are also great in this Crushed Grape Cocktail recipe.
Forget raisin bread; this lush Italian Grape and Grappa Focaccia recipe is incredible still warm from the oven. And it’s good even if you don’t have the grappa to drizzle on at the end. Try it with some cheese and a glass of wine, or serve it along with roasted chicken or sausages. If you have a fear of Fleischman’s, see our beginner’s guide to baking with yeast.
Fresh, plump, juicy grapes are an on-point addition to a salad with salty and savory elements like the sharp cheddar here; this one also has nutty crunch from toasted almonds and a zingy garlic vinaigrette. Get our Grape and Almond Mixed Greens Salad recipe.
Green grapes work just as well in green salads, but if you’re craving something different, our Moroccan Zucchini, Grape, and Bell Pepper Salad recipe is a refreshing change of pace. It’s light and bright with crisp and juicy textures and clean, fresh flavors, even before you get to the preserved lemon dressing or pops of mint and pine nuts. This is a stellar summer dish.
Tossing halved grapes into chicken salad is a go-to move for me (whether it’s curried or Frenchified with tarragon and shallots), but if you have leftover turkey, our Turkey Waldorf Salad recipe is a no-brainer you’ll never regret.
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If you’re still thinking about that focaccia but it also still seems like too much work, our Grape and Taleggio Grilled Cheese recipe is an easier way to enjoy the comforting combo of warm grapes and bread. Plus melty cheese, of course. See our tips for the best grilled cheese to ensure a perfectly crisp and gooey experience.
Savory meat plus sweet fruit is always a perfect equation, and roasting or sauteing grapes to serve as a simple pan sauce/side for pork is easy and delicious. The painterly Seared Pork with Roasted Grapes recipe above also has plums, but you could just as easily add grapes to our Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Figs and Pears. Or swap them in for the summer stone fruit in our Pork Chops with Fresh Cherry Sauce (knowing that it will have a sweeter flavor overall, but still be balanced).
Roasted or otherwise cooked grapes also work beautifully in sweet dishes, like this Lemony Millet Pudding with Caramelized Grapes recipe from Maria Speck. The grapes are simmered with wine, honey, sugar, cloves, and lemon zest until syrupy and sticky, and tipped over a creamy whole grain pudding. You can use plain grape juice if you’d like it to be nonalcoholic. And either way, the topping would be just as good over classic rice pudding or even pound cake.
This gorgeously minimalist Cardamom Cake with Mulled Wine Jam recipe from “Great British Baking Show” season 7 contestant and cookbook author Bejamina Ebuehi is full of warm holiday flavors and perfect for those who love mulled wine. Black seedless grapes are cooked into a quick jam with plums, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, sugar, lemon juice, red wine, and orange slices to go between the cake layers and on top, but you’ll still have some left over to spread on toast or fill thumbprint cookies. (Of course, you can always just make the jam to use any way you want…which might well be eating it straight from the spoon.)
This Italian-inspired olive oil cake is incredibly moist and studded with juicy red grapes, with notes of vanilla, lemon, and orange zest. All it really needs is a shower of powdered sugar, but when did a cloud of whipped cream ever hurt? Get the Harvest Grape and Olive Oil Cake recipe.
12. Grape Sorbet
In case you’ve ever wondered, there’s a good reason why grape ice cream isn’t a thing (though grape milkshakes are…). Essentially, it’s hard to get grape juice to achieve a super smooth texture when frozen. But you expect an icier bite from dairy-free sorbet, so if you’d like to enjoy your favorite flavor in scoop form, try this Grape Sorbet recipe. It only has three ingredients!
13. Grilled Sangria
One more warm-weather option that takes your grapes on another unexpected journey: Our Grilled Sangria recipe stars a few different kinds of grilled fruit, including the grapes (they’re skewered so they’re easy to handle). The slight smokiness and caramelized sugars from the fruit juices make for a delicious summer twist on everyone’s favorite wine cocktail.
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