Baked Cheese with Grapes & Nuts

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By Cat, Nov 2007 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons; cheese photo below from Wikimedia Commons)

See also: 1. Appetizer & Snacks Menu

Back in the days when I used to entertain guests for dinner or a holiday party, I could have used this simple recipe as appetizer or dessert.

At one time I avoided grapes because of the simple sugars (glucose, fructose); but I have since learned that they are rich in anti-oxidants, and when eaten as a whole food (not juiced), their sugars are not quickly absorbed (they have a low-glycemic index), and they help improve insulin sensitivity. When combined with a good source of fat and protein, as in cheese, they are extremely healthful. See World’s Healthiest Foods (1) for lots more information on their health benefits.

Baked Cheese with Grapes & Nuts

This recipe is from the Daily InterLake newspaper. As an appetizer, it serves 8 (217 calories each).

Ingredients & Equipment:

  • Goat Cheese

    Goat Cheese

    8 oz goat cheese log, such as Montrachet

  • 2 Tbsp unbleached white flour (or tapioca flour if you are avoiding gluten)
  • ½ tsp dried basil, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • ⅔ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (preferably soaked, dried and chopped)
  • 1 pound seedless grapes
  • Equipment: baking sheet
  • bakers’ parchment


  1. Slice cheese into eight ½-inch thick rounds.  Combine flour/starch and basil, and dredge cheese slices.
  2. Dip into melted butter and coat with chopped nuts.  Press nuts lightly into cheese.
  3. Line baking sheet with bakers’  parchment. Place cheese on baking sheet and chill 1 hour (if baking sheet is not non-stick, use parchment paper.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F, then bake cheese rounds 6 – 8 minutes, until nuts are crisp and cheese is warm.
  5. Wash and dry grapes.  Slice each in half, and serve each slice of cheese with 6 – 8 grapes.


  1. Worlds Healthiest Foods on grapes (
  2. Daily InterLake newspaper recipe, 2007


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