What To Do With Wrinkly Grapes

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Prep Time:  5-10 minutes

Bake at 285 degrees for two hours; check and stir them around at one hour

AND HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE SWEET GLOBULES FROM HEAVEN?

Grapes are sweet treats, that are cheap and plentiful right now.  I recently bought too many and they started getting a little wrinkly.  Not something I want to pack in my lunch, but I definitely didn’t want to throw them away.

This is a perfect opportunity to turn them into something tasty that can be used in salads or as a garnish on fish or chicken.  I’m not a raisin fan, but a grape that has been baked slowly to reduce and caramelize – oh mama, this is too good to miss.  And easy to do.

First off, pluck those aging grapes and give them a good bath.  Roughly dry them and place on a baking tray covered in parchment paper, or a silicon mat.

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This silicon liner cleans like a dream and is re-usable. Parchment paper works great and can be tossed. Do not use on a bare tray, unless you want to use a lot of elbow grease cleaning it later!

Heat the oven to 285 degrees.  I use the Roast setting.  Slide the tray into the oven and set the timer for one hour.

After one hour, check to see how they are shriveling.  I’m going for a nice juicy shrivel – reduced in size, concentrated in sweetness, but still some soft chew left in the buggers.

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Juice will be seeping out, and they are going to start looking like old wrinkled grapes from a winery assisted living center. Just move them around some to help the juice dissipate a bit more quickly.

Let roast one more hour, or until the wrinkle level you prefer.  I like them to be soft and squishy.  They are great warm in a salad (or cold) and make a great garnish for fish, chicken, pork or lamb.  Amazing on duck!

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Cooked down, they aren’t all that cute – but oh, the flavor!

Let them cool and then store in a container.  Will keep in fridge for several days; but I bet you eat them faster than that!

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