In my yard, autumn means Concord grape season. During the 90's, one of the previous owners of our home planted a large grape arbor in our backyard. It was so exciting to wait for the grapes to ripen during our first summer in our house. As soon as the grapes seemed full-sized, I would pluck one and taste it weekly. The first few were unbearably sour, as the grapes were still green and I was unaware that they would soon turn a deep purple.
As soon as those grapes ripened to purple, they were unmistakably Concords. That first year, I had no clue what to do with my bounty of grapes. I made a big batch of pickled grapes for cheese plates. The pickled grapes were good, but there were pounds and pounds left over. Luckily I got smart after that first season and started cooking my grapes down, which dramatically intensifies their "grapey" flavor.
In the past few years I've made many quarts of grape juice, pints of grape jelly, and even grape fruit roll-ups and grape sorbet. Concord grape season came early this year due to Portland's hot and dry summer. I'm always on the lookout for interesting Concord grape recipes, and I thought I'd share some of the best looking recipes I've collected with you.
Let's start with the basics. You can't go wrong with Concord grape jelly.
You can make the jelly without added sugar, too.
Once you make your jelly, you can easily turn it into fruit roll ups!
Cocktail, anyone? How about a Concord Grape Aviation or a Cardamaro Concord Cocktail?
Or you can always stick with grape soda or a Concord Grape Shrub.
Don't waste your grape leaves, pickle them and make dolmas!
How about Concord grape syrup for your pancakes?
And don't forget dessert. It's so hard to choose between Concord Grape Popsicles, Concord Grape Sherbet, Concord Grape Sorbet, Concord Grape Tartlets, Concord Grape Sauce, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Concord Grape Coulis.
What do you like to make with Concord grapes?