Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Dusted Grapes

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Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Dusted Grapes
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
411
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
37g
57%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
47%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Protein
11g
21%
Carbs
15g
5%
Vitamin A
103µg
11%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.4%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14.4%
Vitamin C
2mg
3%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
2.9%
Vitamin K
9µg
11%
Calcium
151mg
15%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
47µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
47µg
12%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
72mg
18%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.7mg
3.6%
Phosphorus
228mg
33%
Polyunsaturated
19g
N/A
Potassium
327mg
9%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.9%
Sodium
205mg
9%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.9%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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