The (Grape) Pickled Pepper

February 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cup aged white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water¾ cup turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon pink salt
1 ½ cups red or black grapes
1 ounce fresh red or black grape juice (juicer)
2 ounces Brueckelen Distilling Glorious Gin
1 tablespoon sweet vermouth
Rosemary Stick with Leaves ( garnish)


In a small and thin toasting pan, toast the spices; peppercorns, mustard seeds and cinnamon until they begin to char and smoke a little.  Remove from heat.  In a small sauce pan combine the spices, the rosemary leaves, vinegar, sugar, water and salt and bring to just before a boil. Whisk until all the sugar and salt is totally dissolved.  Allow mixture to cool completely.  In the meantime take the grapes and with a toothpick poke a tiny hole in where the grape was attached to the stem, allowing the toothpick to enter into the grape about ½ way.  Place the grapes in a large mason jar and put the brine over the top of the grapes.  Refrigerate overnight.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of gin, 2 ounce of fresh grape juice, vermouth and about 2 tablespoons of the brine from the pickled grapes.  Double strain into a martini style glass and garnish with a rosemary stick with a few grapes skewered through it.

Roasted Grape & Red Onion Kale Farro with Gorgonzola

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


1 medium red onion, chopped small
2 cups red grapes, halved
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 chicken thigh, boneless, skinless, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons currant vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups purple and Tuscan kale, chopped small
2 cups farro, cooked
Gogonzola cheese (sweet)


Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl toss together the onions, grapes, chicken, thyme, black pepper, honey, currant vinegar, honey and season with salt. Lay out on a unlined baking sheet and cook for about 10 minutes or until the items are slightly browned and roasted. Immediately after the grape mixture has come out of the oven, place it over the kale in a large bowl and toss well allowing the kale to par cook or wilt. Add the cooked farro (which should still be warm) and toss together until well mixed. Season with salt and garnish with a few gorgonzola crumbles!

Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

November 14th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes a bunch of drinks


1 cup concord grapes
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
Pear infused vodka
Fresh lime juice
Concord grapes and thyme leaves for garnish


In a sauce pan combine and mix together the concord grapes, sugar, water, thyme leaves and ginger and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take of the heat and cool.  Process in a blender until smooth and place in a squeeze bottle or jar with pouring spout.  In a shaker filled with ice place 3 ounces of pear vodka, 2 ounces of Concord grape syrup, and one ounce of lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini style or low ball glass.  Garnish with a whole concord grape and a few floating thyme leaves.

Concord Grape Sparkling Rose

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 sparkler


½ ounce concord grape puree
Sparkling Rose


Place ½ ounce of concord grape puree in a champagne class and fill with sparkling rose. Stir.

Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 9-12

Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou


1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground

For garlic toasts

1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil

For grapes

1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the Camembert from its packaging, pierce the top of the cheese with a sharp knife, then stuff the incisions with the garlic and thyme sprigs. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the cheese in parchment paper like a present and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes, to melt the cheese.

To make garlic toasts:

Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes, while the cheese is baking. Remove the toasts and lightly scrape each one on one side with a clove of raw garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

To make the grapes:

Turn the oven to broil 500 degrees F (when you are finished baking the cheese or before). Place cleaned grapes on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the thyme leaves over the grapes. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, turning the grapes with a spatula to coat evenly. Broil in oven until grapes start to “pop” and get slightly charred. Cool slightly before serving with cheese and toast.

White Gazpacho

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9


4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste


In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and also add more oil and vinegar to desired taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink


Serves 4


½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 cup chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup red grapes, haled
½ medium red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
Whole grain toast


In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, vinegar salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. Mix in the chicken, grapes, red onion and tarragon and mix until all ingredients are submerged and covered in the sauce. Place a few spoonfuls in-between toasted wholegrain bread!

The Bollywood with Star of Anise Vodka with Curried Grape Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail


For the star of anise infused vodka

5 whole star anise
1 quart vodka

For the curried grapes

½ cup anise syrup (sugar, water and star anise into a simple syrup)
¼ cup vodka
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup of whole black or purple grapes

For the cocktail

2 ½ ounces anise infused vodka
1 ½ ounce curried grapes liquid
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Coarse sugar


For the star anise infused vodka

Combine star anise and vodka in a quart container and let infuse for 4-5 days.

For the curried grapes

In a bowl whisk together the anise syrup, vodka, curry and honey. Add the whole grapes and let soak for 3-4 days.

For the cocktail

In a shaker full of ice, combine star anise infused vodka, curried grapes liquid and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Roll a curried grape in coarse sugar and place on a toothpick and drop in the glass.

Grape Raita

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6


3 cups plain yogurt
1½ cups seedless grapes, halved
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika

For the tempering oil:

3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin or black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)


Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Stir in the grapes, and then the cumin, sugar, and cayenne or paprika. For the tempering oil, heat the oil with the cumin or mustard seeds in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. Cook until the cumin seeds darken or the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes. (Cover pan if using mustard seeds; they crackle and pop.) Add the fennel seeds and curry leaves, if using, and cook uncovered, stirring, 5 to 10 more seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the hot oil.) Pour over the yogurt, and chill well. Just before serving, stir in the salt.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

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