Pistachio-crusted grape 'truffles'

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 6:00 am

I first saw this recipe idea on Pinterest a while back, and it popped up on my radar while I was searching for holiday appetizers.

I thought these mock truffles were adorable for the holidays. The color combination of the red grapes, white cheese and green pistachios are perfect for a seasonal platter.

But they also look elegant. Grapes and cheese may seem like an odd pairing, but they complement each other nicely (think wine and cheese). The truffles are perfect for a holiday cheese board – or a classy accompaniment to some New Year’s champagne.

They’re also easy – a simple combination of three easy-to-procure ingredients – and you can make them ahead of time and pull them out of the fridge in time for company.

And last but not least, the truffles have no scary ingredients. Grapes, cheese, nuts. When I made these on Christmas Eve, I figured I’d found the perfect middle ground for my meat-hating mom and veggie-hating dad, and a little brother who’s typically willing to try anything.

Unfortunately, while I adore my family members, they are not the best recipe testers.

My mom, dad and brother just stared at the plate of beautiful treats. “You try ‘em,” one of them piped up.

“I just ate like 10 of them,” I explained. “They’re yummy.”

My mom literally turned up her nose. (To be fair, her nose was running and she didn’t want it to drip on my food. So that’s something.) “Honey,” she said, “I just prefer my grapes to be frozen. And … separate from everything else.”

I turned to my skeptical-looking dad. Do you like grapes? “Yes.” Do you like pistachios? “Yes.” Do you like cream cheese? “Not really.” I just stared at him. Who doesn’t like cream cheese?

Then on to my brother. Do you like gra—“No.” Seriously?

My family went back to eating their Christmas Eve pizza and subs while I daintily ate the remaining truffles with some crackers.

And I’d make them again, especially now that I know I’ll get the platter all to myself.

Notes: This recipe works best with the holiday globe grapes – the large, round, sweet red grapes available in the produce section this time of year. And you can use any flavor of cream cheese spread that you prefer. The original recipe called for garlic and herb, but I opted for plain to start with. Honey-nut flavor would work well, too.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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