Balsamic Glazed Roasted Grapes with Lemony Ricotta

October 8, 2012

Author Notes: I love the simplicity of fruit and cheese for dessert. Fresh from spending time in Italy, I have all things Italy on the brain these days, and imagined this Italian version using ricotta and mascarpone cheeses with roasted grapes. This is an easy dessert to make, and the fluff of cheese and balsamic reduction can be done ahead and refrigerated, making this is nice light dessert for your next dinner party. I recommend, however, that the grapes are roasted no more than a few hours before you consume them, and the less time the better. These are fantastic straight from the oven.TheWimpyVegetarian

Serves: 2 - 4


Roasted Grapes

  • 2 cups large red seedless grapes
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon honey (I used blackberry honey)

Lemony Ricotta Topping

  • 3 tablespoons ricotta cheese, drained
  • 1 tablespoon mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • zest from ¼ lemon
  • pinch salt
  • balsamic vinegar reduced to a syrup
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Wash and thoroughly dry the grapes. Lay them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the dried herbs over the grapes, drizzle the honey on top, and roll the grapes around with your palms to coat them.
  2. Roast for 45 minutes or until noticeably softened. The honey will be starting to caramelize around the grapes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Combine the ricotta, mascarpone, honey, lemon zest, and salt together in a small bowl. Mix well until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Pour one cup of balsamic vinegar (not your best balsamic vinegar!) in a pot and bring to a rapid simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until the vinegar is reduced by at least half and reduced to a syrupy consistency. The best way to know when enough simmering is enough – watch the bubbles. When the bubbles start to get larger, mixed with smaller bubbles, you’re done. If the balsamic vinegar reaches the point of large lazy bubbles, you have gone a little too far.
  5. Spoon the grapes onto a plate, placing a dollop of lemony ricotta on top. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

LE B. November 30, 2015
This is a BEAUtiful dish. I think it shows how perfectly you absorbed the best of Italian culinary thinking.
fiveandspice October 9, 2012
So beautiful! And delicious looking. I love the idea of roasted grapes as the foundation for a dessert.
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TheWimpyVegetarian October 9, 2012
Thanks o much five&spice! I love your your entry looks too!!!
AntoniaJames October 9, 2012
Wow, what an elegant dessert. I've never roasted grapes, but this makes me want to try it (tonight!!) What brand of balsamic vinegar do you use for this? ;o)
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TheWimpyVegetarian October 9, 2012
Thanks AJ! I just used 365 brand. Since you're heating it and reducing it, this is not where you want to use one of those wonderful aged balsamic vinegars. The recipe will make more than you need, but it you don't start with a bunch, it's more difficult to reduce without it getting away from you and getting too thick or worse, burning. I'd love to hear what you think if you try it :-)
ashleychasesdinner October 9, 2012
This looks delicious! Many of my favorites in this recipe!
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TheWimpyVegetarian October 9, 2012
Thanks Ashley! It's sooo easy to make too and makes for a great, light dessert.