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Old 09-20-2004, 03:41 PM   #1
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ISO recipes using grapes

ok, folks, here's the deal...
i am exec chef at a really nice hunting lodge on weekends and we serve huge fruit plates every meal. over the past few weeks we've accumulated tons of loose grapes. other than the obvious [jam, jelly] are there any suggestions for something interesting i can do with these grapes? my sous chef thinks i'm obsessing over saving them at this point because i don't know what i'm going to do with them...i just don't like to throw them out.

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Old 09-20-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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OOOOh, I hate wasting food, but can't think of a thing besides the obvious. Sorry!
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http://www.fgga.org/recipes2.htm
There are some interesting things here!
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:50 PM   #4
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OOOOh, I hate wasting food, but can't think of a thing besides the obvious. Sorry!
boy, me too. but we're real good at recycling leftovers. we mince left over steaks into scrambled eggs the next morning, make potato pancakes out of left over garlic mashed potatoes, hashbrowns from left over baked potatoes, and salsa with left over grilled tomatoes and onions. left over roast chicken & cornish hens make great chicken salad and chicken pot pies.
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OOOOh, I hate wasting food, but can't think of a thing besides the obvious. Sorry!
boy, me too. but we're real good at recycling leftovers. we mince left over steaks into scrambled eggs the next morning, make potato pancakes out of left over garlic mashed potatoes, hashbrowns from left over baked potatoes, and salsa with left over grilled tomatoes and onions. left over roast chicken & cornish hens make great chicken salad and chicken pot pies.
those are all great ideas - will have to try the steak and scrambled eggs one.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:54 PM   #6
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Freeze them and serve them frozen as a refreshing snack.
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:56 PM   #7
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Freeze them and serve them frozen as a refreshing snack.
or plop them into drinks instead of ice cubes?
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Old 09-20-2004, 04:14 PM   #8
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Use them in a salad. Toss in some toasted walnuts and make a red onion vinaigrette, yummy.
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:44 PM   #9
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It took me a while to find this one...a bright memory of my childhood from my mother:

Grape Stuff

1 1/2 pounds grapes
8 ounces sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon light rum
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped toasted almonds

Wash grapes, remove stems, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Cut grapes in half. (Remove and discard any seeds). Set grape halves aside.

Combine sour cream, sugar, cinnamon and rum, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

To serve, divide grapes among 6 serving bowls or flutes. Spoon the sour cream mixture over the grape halves and sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Yields 6 servings.
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Old 09-20-2004, 05:45 PM   #10
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mudbug, I like your idea!

Personally, I would make a salad out of them. Here's a good fruit salad dressing that I like to use. Just mix some cut fruit with it, or use it as a dip.

Fruit Salad Dressing
Yields: 1 qt

6 oz sugar
1 oz cornstarch
4 eggs
1 c pineapple juice
1 c O.J.
½ c lemon juice
1 cup sour cream

Mix sugar and cornstarch in a stainless steel bowl. Add eggs and beat until mixture is smooth. Bring fruit juices to a boil. Gradually add a little of the fruit juice to the egg mixture, beating the egg mixture constantly. When eggs are tempered, add eggs to fruit juices. Return to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture has thickened, immediately place saucepan in an ice bath. When cooled, add sour cream, mix well.

I've also used grapes, pineapple, onion, and kiwifruit, run through a food processor just enough to chop it, and mixed with a touch of Tabasco as a relish for baked salmon.

The country club where I work uses grapes as part of the garnish for any sandwich made on the "cold" side of the kitchen, like Club's, BLT's, etc. We also use them as garnish on some salads and hot entrees for parties.
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