Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Walnut and Blue Cheese Grapes

I saw this recipe on an episode of Giada at Home.  Giada de Laurentiis is one of my favorite "celebrity" chefs.  All of her food always looks so delicious and comforting!

Walnut and Blue Cheese Grapes
Makes approx 5-6 dozen
1/2 cup (4oz) cream cheese, room temperature (I use reduced fat)
1/2 cup (4oz) blue cheese crumbles, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
50-60 seedless red grapes, chilled
2 cups (8oz) finely chopped walnuts, toasted*
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1.  Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  In a food processor, blend together the cheeses and heavy cream until smooth.  Transfer to a medium bowl.  Add the grapes and stir until coated with the cheese mixture.
2.  In another small bowl, mix together the walnuts, sugar and parsley.  Using a fork, transfer the grapes, one at a time, to the walnut mixture and, using clean hands, gently roll in the mixture until coated. 
3.  Place the grapes on the prepared baking sheet.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve.

*To toast the walnuts, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake in preheated 350° oven for 6-8 minutes until lightly toasted.  Cool completely before using.*

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