December 2013 Recipe of the Month

Holiday Garnishes

Sugared Grapes Roasted Pear

Sugared Grapes

§ 2 Cups Sugar

§ 4 Cups Cold Water

§ Grapes

§ Sugar for Coating

In medium pot, combine water and 2 cups sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to Simmer – Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly (about 10 minutes). Then dip desired amount of graped in sugar syrup and then put into white sugar to coat heavily. Place grapes on parchment lined baking sheet. Allow sugar to harden a minimum of 1 hour. DO NOT place in fridge as sugar will absorb moisture and become a sticky wet mess!

Sugared grapes are great garnishes for dessert, too!

Roasted Pear (or roasted grapes)

Place desired number of pears (or grapes) on baking sheet and generously spray with Pam (or the like) and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper and shake to evenly coat. Roast at 350 F for 25-35 minutes until lightly golden brown and juicy. (For pear, cut bottom so it has a flat surface and sits upright).

Roasted pears and roasted grapes are great garnishes for savory dishes.

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