Oven Roasted Grapes & Spicy Italian Sausage Recipe

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Oven Roasted Grapes & Spicy Italian Sausage Recipe

Fall in California means autumn pluots, persimmons and apples. Heirloom tomatoes still ripen on the vine, as do butternut squash and pumpkins. It’s still warm, but somehow the sun seems more golden and filtered. The leaves begin to change from deep green, to pale yellows, oranges, and browns. Fall in California brings the crush, a frenzied season for winemakers. And the farmers markets fill up with exciting varieties of grapes for eating, plump and rich in both color and flavor. One of my favorite things to make with them are these oven roasted grapes and sausages.

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We’ve always enjoyed grapes by the bowlful during this time, served in picnic lunches, or alongside a cheese platter. But it was only recently that I discovered the exquisite nature of a roasted grape. Like most things, their flavor is deepened by roasting, and their texture, once a sharp pop between the teeth, becomes succulent and yielding. Roasted grapes are a beautiful thing, indeed. But grapes roasted in rendered fat from juicy Italian sausages, are another matter altogether.

Oven Roasted Grapes & Spicy Italian Sausage Recipe
Oven Roasted Grapes & Spicy Italian Sausage Recipe

We served these oven roasted grapes and sausages with slices of warm, gluten-free baguette and soft goat brie. They would be equally wonderful over a bed of creamy polenta or mashed potatoes. Either way, this is a dish not to be missed. The best grapes, like all good, local produce, are a seasonal affair. Or in this case, a seasonal love affair. Swoon.

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Roasted Sausages and Grapes in a pan

Oven Roasted Grapes with Spicy Italian Sausages

Alison Needham
Enjoy this succulent dish in summer and fall when local grapes are at their peak. It's wonderful served with fresh bread and cheese, or over a bed of creamy polenta or mashed potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people
Calories 492 kcal


  • Sheet pan or large baking pan



  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Remove the grapes from the stems, and toss grapes with the olive oil in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and quickly brown the sausages on all sides. Place the sausages over the grapes in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with thyme and drizzle with the white wine. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping the sausages half way through.
  • Remove the sausages to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the grapes and any drippings into a medium saucepan set over medium high heat. Add the balsamic vinegar, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour grapes over the sausages and serve immediately.


Serving: 1sausageCalories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 17gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 832mgPotassium: 516mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword oven roasted grapes
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  1. I just need to say, this dish is heavenly!!! My husband and I were skeptical, but took the plunge last night using our CSA meat share which contained sausages, and we were pleasantly surprised by how tasty this dish is! It’s also super quick and easy on a week night.

  2. Mary Beth Shearin says:

    5 stars
    One of my favorite recipes! Even my 15 year old picky eater loves this. The sweetness of the grapes with the spice of the sausage is perfect!

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