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Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes
Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

What’s even better than a heaping plate of cheese and crackers? (Not a trick question.) Answer: our ultimate cheese plate with roasted grapes. Tossing a big bunch of grapes into the oven is super easy. The results are salty-sweet and look impressive, like something you’d get on a fancy restaurant’s cheese board. Break out this recipe for your next cocktail party—or make it for dinner and eat the whole thing yourself.

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Makes 4 servings

½ pound purple grapes

½ pound green grapes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 sprigs thyme

4 sprigs rosemary

6 ounces ricotta cheese

6 ounces Brie cheese

6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese

1 cup smoked almonds

8 figs, quartered

Crackers and sliced baguette, for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Arrange the grapes in clusters on the baking sheet. Toss the grapes with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Nestle the thyme and rosemary among the grapes.

3. Roast until the grape skins are blistered and wrinkled, 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Transfer the grapes to the center of a large board. Arrange the ricotta, Brie, white cheddar, almonds and figs around the grapes. Serve with crackers and baguette.

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