Blue Cheese and Walnut Dusted Grapes

Blue Cheese and Walnut Dusted Grapes

Serves 10

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.

Ingredients: 
  • 6 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup lowfat (1%) milk
  • 4 cups walnuts
  • 1 pound seedless grapes, rinsed (about 40 grapes)
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Method: 

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place 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 1/4 cup milk to make a smooth dip.

Place walnuts in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time. When roasted and aromatic, remove from the oven and place in a medium bowl to cool for about 10 minutes. 

Once cool, place walnuts in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse walnuts several times until they resemble breadcrumbs. (Be careful not to over-chop as walnuts may start releasing their oil and stick together like a paste.) Return walnut crumbs to the medium bowl.

Using 2 wooden skewers, pierce one 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 mixture 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 Info: 
Per Serving:250 calories (190 from fat), 21g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 35mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 7g protein
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