3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 French bread baguette
8 oz. smoked chicken breast (1 3/4 cups), either shredded or cut into bite-size strips
1 1/2 cup red, green or black seedless California grapes, halved
12 oz. fontina, port salute, or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 tablespoon chives, snipped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
This appetizer will make the cook the hero or heroine when they bring these treats to a holiday party. Baguette slices can be prepared early and then finished with the sliced chicken, cheese and grapes later in a broiler – it is a breeze to complete.
Makes 24 pieces
ABOUT California TABLE GRAPES
Californians have been cultivating grapes for more than two centuries. Today, 99 percent of U.S. table grapes are produced in California's warm, dry climate that is ideal for grape growing. With more than 90 grape varieties grown, California grapes come in three colors—green, red, and black—and are in season from May through January.