Rosemary Roasted Grapes: a sweet and savory alternative to cranberry sauce this holiday season!

Rosemary Roasted Grapes: a sweet and savory alternative to cranberry sauce this holiday season!

Cranberry sauce has never been my favorite. It’s either too tangy or too sweet. And often it’s made with so much sugar that you might as well be eating jam.

Rosemary Roasted Grapes, on the other hand, are naturally sweetened. Their skins keep all the flavor tucked inside, the grapes marinating in their own juicy goodness.

Rosemary Roasted Grapes: a sweet and savory alternative to cranberry sauce this holiday season!

The grapes have the intensity of raisins without the chew, and the rosemary’s piney flavor greatly compliments their warm, honeyed flavor.

Though this is intended as an accompaniment to turkey, chicken, or what have you, if you’re like me you may end up popping them in your mouth like candy before it’s time for dinner. I mean, can you blame me?

Rosemary Roasted Grapes: a sweet and savory alternative to cranberry sauce this holiday season!

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Rosemary Roasted Grapes

Rosemary Roasted Grapes: a sweet and savory alternative to cranberry sauce this holiday season!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red grapes, stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary, picked from stems
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place grapes on a large sheet tray. Toss grapes in olive oil, rosemary, and salt.
  2. Bake for 1 hour, turning grapes every 10 minutes, until the grapes are golden and shrunk. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

 

16 comments

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traci | vanilla and bean
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Ooooh, I like this idea, Sarah. I’m with ya on the cranberry sauce.. and so often that blob from a can shows up.. somewhere on someone’s table I’m at. Even the fresh sauce is often too sweet for me, although It’s a favorite at our family’s table. I’d like to save that sweet for pumpkin or pecan pie! Delicious roasting idea and nice touch on the rosemary! 😀

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes to blob– that’s a great way to describe it. Thank you, Traci!

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Ellie
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I’m so happy someone finally said that about cranberry sauce! We usually have two options on our Thanksgiving table – one that is WAY too sweet and the other has a lot of orange zest in it and it’s just too tangy for me. But I love this idea of roasting grapes… and with rosemary!? Genius!

Ellie
Hungry by Nature

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Gahh, thank you Ellie! Hope you end up making this and if so, let me know what you think!

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Lucia @ The Foodwright
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Oh I love this! Although I’m a lover of cranberry sauce, I really like this alternative a whole lot. Rosemary and grapes sound like a WONDERFUL combination!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Well I won’t judge you too much 😉 Thank you Lucia!

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Linda | The Baker Who Kerns
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I’ve never been crazy about raisins (in fact I really dislike them). But I love grapes and roasting them sounds like a perfect idea to me. Can’t wait to make these!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Totally understandable, Linda! Hope you enjoy!!

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Linda | Brunch with Joy
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So true! I might end up having these grapes instead of waiting for my turkey. Yum!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s so hard to wait!

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Chelsea | Whole Bite Blog
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I love love love this idea! I am always on the hunt for savory uses for grapes, because they are just so good! Can’t wait to try this!

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Rakhee@boxofspice
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Even though I don’t relate to references to Thanksgiving (I am Indian!) I can imagine cranberry sauce not be the most delicious. Its really one of those berries I have never warmed up to. Maybe because I didn’t know of its existence some years ago or its taste is just not my thing. These grapes on the other hand!
I tend to roast everything and anything I can get my hands on and this is genius I tell you…! Maybe if I tried it with some Indian spices??? Hmmm… 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh my goodness, with Indian spices that would be incredible! Do let me know if you try that deliciousness out 🙂 Thank you Rakhee!

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Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
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how simple and beautiful is this recipe?! and anything with rosemary always grabs my attention, so that doesn’t hurt either 🙂

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Sarah Lester
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LOVE THIS WITH LAMB AS WELL!

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Sofi | Broma Bakery
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what a perfect flavor combo! Yum!

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