Homes of El Paso November 2021 - Page 15

Easy Grape Compote
Prep time : 5 minutes , plus cooling Cook time : 20 minutes Servings : 6
4 cups black or red California grapes 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 strips fresh lemon peel 1 / 4 teaspoon sea salt 2 / 3 cup water 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 / 2 teaspoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon high-quality balsamic vinegar ( optional )
In bowl of food processor , finely chop grapes and sugar using one-second pulses . Transfer to deep , medium skillet or wide saucepan ; stir in lemon peel , salt and water . Bring to boil over medium-high heat . Cover pan with lid , reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 18 minutes until fruit is tender .
In small bowl , stir lemon juice and cornstarch then stir into grape mixture with butter ; simmer 6 minutes , or until desired consistency . Stir in vinegar , if desired . Serve warm or cool .
Cooled jam can be stored in cov ered glass jar in refrigerator up to 2 weeks .
Nutritional analysis per serving : 160 calories ; 0 g protein ; 41 g carbohydrates ; 0 g fat ; 0 mg cholesterol ; 170 mg sodium ; 1 g fiber .
Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta
Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta
Yield : 24 pieces
3 cloves garlic , minced 1 / 2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 / 4 teaspoon salt
1 French bread baguette
8 ounces smoked chicken breast ( 1 3 / 4 cups ), shredded or cut into bite-size strips
1 1 / 2 cups red , green or black seedless California grapes , halved
12 ounces fontina , port salute or Monterey Jack cheese , grated
1 tablespoon chives , snipped
1 / 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat broiler to 550 F .
In small bowl , combine garlic , olive oil and salt . Set aside . Slice baguette on bias into 1 / 2-inch thick slices . Brush baguette slices with garlic-oil and place on cookie sheet . Toast in broiler about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown . Remove from broiler .
On each bread slice , place about 1 tablespoon chicken breast and three grape halves then top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese .
Place cookie sheet about 8 inches away from broiler and broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly . Place on serving platter and sprinkle with snipped chives and pepper .
Nutritional analysis per serving : 125 calories ; 7 g protein ; 9 g fat ( 68 % calories from fat ); 3 g carbohydrates ; 24 mg cholesterol ; less than 1 g fiber ; 154 mg sodium .
Easy Grape Compote
Festive , Fruitful Decor
Naturally beautiful , fresh grapes make for an easy , classic way to decorate for the holidays . Consider these ways to enhance your home and table :
n Drape bunches of red , green and black grapes in decorative bowls and alternate with candles for dazzling centerpieces . n Fill a flower vase with grapes and water for color and texture to complement and support the flowers in the arrangement . n Bedazzle your ham or turkey platter with small bunches of grapes and fresh herbs . n Accent a perfectly cooked steak with grape rosemary skewers for a colorful , fragrant sidekick . n Adorn dessert plates and trays with sugar-frosted grapes to add a special sparkle .
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