I have another throwback recipe for you that’s from…wait for it…11(!) years ago. That’s right, in case you didn’t know I’ve been running Ambitious Kitchen for well over a decade. Time really flies.
Back then I used the blog not only to share nourishing & fun recipes with all of you but also to share life updates and conversation starters as a way to connect with you. Over the years that has changed quite a bit — we as food bloggers often get comments like “enough of your life story just give me the recipe.” I get it, many people come here for the recipe and don’t want much else.
BUT I will say, each blog post now contains tips, tricks, and answers to common recipe questions, plus we have a handy “Jump to Recipe” button right at the top for you.
Whatever way you choose to read, be sure to get these gorgeous, sweet, juicy, savory roasted grape and brie crostini on your appetizer menu ASAP. They’re incredibly easy to make and if you’ve never roasted grapes before you’re in for an incredible treat. Pair it with creamy brie, honey, toasted walnuts, and sea salt? Match made in heaven.
Scroll through and check out all of the ways to customize these cute little crostini, but first, check out my nostalgic storytelling from a decade ago that brought me to these crostini (if you’d like):
“I have a few foods that I have fond memories of. They continue to be my favorites throughout the years.
This got me thinking… what makes food memorable? It is simply the taste of it? Or more of what we associate with our food experiences?
Often times I wonder why I find pumpkin pie to be the best dessert on the planet. I mean, it’s so simple! But eating pumpkin pie reminds me of the first time I made a pie by all by myself. How I crafted the crust with such determination. In that very moment, I was discovering my passion and creativity for baking. So really it’s not the dessert itself, it’s the memories that come with each bite.
Now it’s my soul food; it feeds me happiness in the form of good memories.
To date, one of my favorite meals was scallops with spaghetti squash, roasted red peppers, with this incredible creamy sauce. It was finished with a chocolate soufflé and rich chocolate ice cream. Which of course I devoured. I think it’s memorable to me specifically because of the person I was with.
Time spent with good people can make food special. This I know to be true. Just think about some of your favorite foods. Or the best meal you’ve ever had. It was probably more of an experience and memory rather than just based on taste alone.”
Everything you’ll need to make this roasted grape and brie crostini
I must tell you that roasted grapes, creamy brie cheese, and honey is one of the most delicious combinations that could ever be put on bread. The roasted grapes are sweet and perfect in every way. Here’s everything you’ll need to make the crostini:
- Grapes: we’re roasting up about 4 cups of red seedless grapes for this recipe.
- Olive oil: you’ll need a bit of olive oil for roasting the grapes and toasting up the baguette slices.
- Bread: I like to slice a French baguette to get perfect little crostini rounds.
- Brie: creamy, melty, and delicious paired with the sweet roasted grapes.
- For topping: I love adding a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of sea salt, chopped, toasted walnuts, and a little chopped fresh rosemary for incredible flavor in every bite.
Easy ways to customize
Because the ingredients for this roasted grape & brie crostini are so simple, there are some fun, easy ways you can customize it to your taste preferences. Here’s what I recommend:
- Add a kick of heat. Feel free to swap the honey for store-bought hot honey, or melt the honey with a pinch of cayenne to give it a little kick before drizzling it onto the crostini.
- Choose your cheese. Gruyere, fontina, or havarti cheese would also work well in this recipe.
- Go extra savory. These crostini would be delicious with little slices of prosciutto, too, if you want an extra savory element.
- Try a new fruit. If you’re not a fan of grapes I think roasted cherries would be a great alternative!
Roasted grape & brie crostini in 3 steps
- Roast your grapes. You’ll, of course, start by tossing your grapes on a baking sheet in a little olive oil and sea salt, then roasting at 400 degrees F until they’re slightly shriveled. Set them aside to cool.
- Toast your bread. Next, add your baguette slices to a new baking sheet, brush them with olive oil, top each one with a slice of brie, and bake them until the cheese is melted and the crostini are nice and golden.
- Assemble & serve. Carefully spoon the roasted grapes onto each crostini, drizzle with honey, and finish them off with a little sea salt, chopped walnuts, and rosemary. Serve & enjoy!
Jazz them up with toasted walnuts
Yes, you could add regular chopped walnuts, but toasting them makes them extra delicious. There are two easy ways to do it:
- Stovetop method: Add your chopped walnuts to a pan and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2-5 minutes until almonds are slightly golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool before adding them on top of the crostini.
- Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place chopped walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until fragrant and golden brown, stirring once halfway through baking. Watch carefully so that the nuts do not burn!
Can I prep them ahead of time?
I wouldn’t recommend fully assembling the crostini ahead of time as they’re best when enjoyed day of, but feel free to slice your baguette and brie slices 1-2 days ahead of time so that you can easily assemble them later! Simply store your baguette slices in a reusable silicone bag at room temp until you’re ready to use them, and do the same with the brie slices but place them in the refrigerator.
As I mentioned, these roasted grape and brie crostini are best when enjoyed warm the day-of, but if you have any left over feel free to store them in the refrigerator. Feel free to enjoy any leftovers cold, at room temp, or re-warmed in the oven.
More appetizers you’ll love
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I hope you love these roasted grape and brie crostini! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!
Roasted Grape & Brie Crostini with Honey + Sea Salt
Beautiful roasted grape and brie crostini topped with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of sea salt. This easy, delicious grape & brie crostini is the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and sophisticated! Great for holidays, parties, girl’s nights, and weekend brunch.
seedless red grapes
olive oil, divided
french baguette, cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices
brie cheese, sliced (you’ll need as many slices as crostini slices you have)
honey, for drizzling
- Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling
chopped toasted walnuts
fresh diced rosemary
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add grapes to a nonstick baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Toss to coat grapes evenly and roast for about 15 minutes or until grapes begin to look like they might burst and shrivel a bit. Set grapes aside to cool. Keep oven temperature.
Place baguette slices on separate baking sheet and brush each half with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Top each with brie cheese slices and bake for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted.
Spoon grapes on top of cheese and drizzle honey all over. Sprinkle with some walnuts, a little bit of sea salt then garnish with a little chopped rosemary. Makes approximately 20-24 crostini.
Feel free to double or triple the recipe to serve larger groups.
See the full post for tips, tricks, and ways to customize these crostini!
Servings: 20 servings
Serving size: 1 crostini (based on 20)
Saturated fat: 2.4g
This post was originally published on October 15th, 2012, and republished on March 9th, 2023.