Along with the delicious food , gift giving and cheer of the holiday season , getting together with friends and family is also cherished . Whether it ’ s a cozy weekend dinner with friends or time for festive merrymaking , you can enhance any gathering with unique small plates and appetizers . Make the season special with California grapes , which are abundant into January , as an ingredient in your favorite dishes or by decorating with them for colorful pops of red , green and black . If time is of the essence , they also offer an easy , fresh , healthy snack or side dish that adds color and flavor to your table .
As a versatile ingredient that adds taste and visual appeal , grapes can help you create memorable appetizers that will surprise and delight friends and family . For easy and delightful hors d ’ oeuvres , turn to Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme or Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta , each offering simple yet flavorful ways to please a crowd . Send guests home with Easy Grape Compote , or give it as a fun host or hostess gift for friends and family , so they can enjoy a little taste of the holidays even after all the excitement winds down .
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Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme
Prep time : 20 minutes Cook time : 10 minutes Servings : 6
1 pound prepared pizza dough flour
2 1 / 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups halved green , red and black California grapes 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Position rack in bottom of oven and place inverted baking sheet on top of rack ; heat oven to 500 F .
On lightly floured surface , press pizza dough into 10-inch round circle and cover with towel while preparing toppings .
Sprinkle large baking sheet lightly with flour . Stretch pizza dough into oval , about 14-by-10 inches , and place on sheet . Drizzle with oil . Sprinkle with grapes , thyme and walnuts . Place baking sheet on top of sheet already in oven and bake until crust is bubbling and golden , 8-10 minutes .
Remove pizza from oven . Sprinkle with goat cheese and Parmesan . Season with pepper , to taste . Transfer pizza to board , cut into pieces and serve warm .
Nutritional analysis per serving : 350 calories ; 10 g protein ; 47 g carbohydrates ; 14 g fat ( 36 % calories from fat ); 2.5 g saturated fat ( 6 % calories from saturated fat ); 5 mg cholesterol ; 580 mg sodium ; 1 g fiber .