Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Dusted Grapes

Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Dusted Grapes
Contributor

Whole Foods Market

Add a touch of elegance to your next outdoor gathering with these distinctively flavored grapes. Makes a superb appetizer or an impressive garnish for green salads topped with blue cheese dressing.

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10
Servings
511
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6  Ounces  crumbled blue cheese
  • 2/3  Cups  heavy cream
  • 1/4  Cup  milk
  • 4  Cups  shelled walnuts
  • 1  Pound  seedless grapes, rinsed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place crumbled blue cheese in a mixing bowl and break up any large pieces. Add heavy cream and using a fork or a whip, mix very well until blue cheese is well incorporated into the cream. Add up to ¼ cup milk to make a smooth dip.

Place walnuts on a large cookie sheet or sheet pan spreading them around evenly and roast in the oven for 12 minutes, stirring with a spoon once after the first 6 minutes. When roasted and aromatic, remove from the oven, and place on a separate cool cookie sheet or in mixing bowl and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.

Once cooled, place walnuts in a food processor and pulse for several times until they resemble breadcrumbs. Be careful not to over-chop, as walnuts may start releasing their oil and start sticking together like a paste. Place walnut crumbs in a mixing bowl.

Using 2 wooden skewers for help, pierce a grape, dip it into blue cheese mixture, lift, and using the second skewer push grape into walnut crumbs. Use your hand to cover the grape evenly with walnut crumbs, lift carefully, and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining grapes and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Note: Mix any leftover blue cheese cream mix with the remaining walnut crumbs, thin it with a bit of milk and you have a dressing for a salad or a dip for crudités or chips.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
36g
40%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
23mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
48g
37%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
80µg
11%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
92mg
9%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
4µg
1%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
6mg
2%
Phosphorus, P
41mg
6%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
445mg
30%
Water
65g
2%

Blue Cheese Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Blue Cheese Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.