Although grapes are readily available year-round at many supermarkets, they are actually in season, and therefore at their most delicious peak, during the fall. Winemakers harvest their grapes in the fall, and so do local table grape growers. Red, green, and Concord grapes alike are scrumptious eaten out of hand, but they are also an excellent addition to salads, jams, appetizers, and entrées. Don’t believe me? See the nine tantalizing recipes below.
Why not start the day with doughnut holes stuffed with homemade grape jelly? I bet you won’t be able to have just one of these bite-size little babies, so go right ahead and pop a couple into your mouth. You probably won’t believe it when I tell you that these doughnut holes are gluten- and sugar-free—they are that good.
Breakfast lovers who prefer sweet dishes to savory ones should give this cornbread recipe a whirl. It’s a dense cake-like dish with plenty of juicy sweet grapes dotted throughout. Don’t skip the rosemary whipped cream step as it’s a nice pairing with the cornmeal and grapes. What else pairs well with this bread? A frothy cappuccino.
This one-pot chicken dish is perfect for a rustic night of casual entertaining. It’s packed with flavor-dense ingredients like garlic, anchovies, a balsamic reduction, red wine, and brown sugar. Serve on a pillowy bed of creamy polenta or cheesy risotto and you’ve got a grown-up fall comfort meal.
Grapes are also an excellent ingredient in cocktails. This recipe calls for Concord grapes, but if you can’t get your hands on them, simply substitute red grapes. With smashed lemons and grapes, a little simple syrup, mint, and rum, it’s a basic cocktail that is refreshing and well balanced.
I’ve never met a piece of toast I didn’t like, and this creamy fruity appetizer is on my must-make list for fall. Thick slices of toasted bread are topped with a creamy ricotta-and–blue cheese mixture and a generous helping of slightly stewed grapes. The grapes are cooked down in port, which is sure to give the dish a rich depth of flavor.
This dessert will impress an elevated palette. It’s an interesting pie with gingersnap crust, a luscious whole-milk Greek yogurt filling, and spicy sweet grape compote.
Throwing a dinner party? Make a grape-themed meal: Start with the blue cheese crostini, move to the roast chicken, and finish things off with this pie that’s great for entertaining because it must be made in advance.
What's your favorite way to cook with grapes?