Unique Uses for Whole Grapes- that Decrease Their Sweetness?
I imagine a few of you, when seeking inspiration, might peruse past 52 recipe contests. The Grapes Contest of a few years ago- I just finished reading through all the ~70 recipes and was so impressed by a few. But none are quite what I'm seeking. I have been trying to eat more healthfully and fruit is part of that. I have always found the common store grapes too sweet for me, but My Love bought WAY more than I asked for, so I'm trying to figure out how to eat them. I am not a jam/chutney etc. girl. I would prefer to find some really nifty NON sweet way to eat them whole. What I love about grapes (these are red seedless) is the sensuality of biting through that skin that pops- and into the fruit. There's really nothing else like that. But they are just too sweet for me. I have a recipe for pickled mustard seed that calls for rice wine vinegar, and i'm wondering if just mixing the grapes with the pickled mustard seed- would successfully conquer the sweetness? I do love the thought of roasting grapes but that would just raise the sweetness. I wonder if any Mediterranean or Chinese cuisines- do anything very unusual with grapes (like, for instance, soaking them in soy sauce or espresso...)or wrapping highly spiced ground meats around them...or anything else that is way out of the box that I am familiar with, and that will decrease or de-emphasize their sweetness? Hey, it's 52!; you guys read a lot of cookbooks and live all over the world, so I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.....:-) It's such a cool fruit; some culture is bound to do something really unusual with them! TIA!
Fried grapes and meatballs. With a yogurt sauce. It's been a big hit for me at Christmas parties.
Also, Sarah Britton's cookbook My New Roots has a grape salsa recipe, I can send it to you if you're interested.
which was very fine.
Can't find it now, but here's a similar one
And you could use some of your grapes instead of the dates.
There's almost no additional sugar (except in the balsamic vinegar). You could use straight red vinegar or red wine instead.
See if this one works for you.