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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro Photo by: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

Sautéed Grape Napoleons with Port Reduction

Use a fine mesh strainer to sift two tablespoons powdered sugar judiciously over the phyllo as you make the layers. Just a bit of sugar along with the cooking spray helps them adhere to one another. Don't worry if they're loosely stacked; the crisp texture provides a nice contrast to the sautéed grapes and creamy cheese.

Cooking Light JUNE 2008

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 napoleon)

Ingredients

  • 9 (14 x 9–inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup tawny port
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce goat cheese, softened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a large cutting board or work surface (cover remaining dough to keep from drying). Lightly coat dough with cooking spray. Place 2 tablespoons powdered sugar in a small sieve; dust phyllo lightly with powdered sugar. Repeat procedure with 2 phyllo sheets, cooking spray, and powdered sugar, ending with powdered sugar; press layers gently to adhere. Cut phyllo stack lengthwise into 3 (3 x 14–inch) rectangles. Cut each rectangle crosswise into 4 (3 x 3 1/2–inch) rectangles to form 12 rectangles. Carefully stack 1 rectangle on top of another to form 6 stacks; press layers gently. Place stacks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat procedure with the remaining phyllo, cooking spray, and powdered sugar to form 18 stacks.

3. Cover the phyllo stacks with parchment paper; place another baking sheet on parchment. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until stacks are golden and crisp. Carefully remove top baking sheet and parchment. Cool phyllo stacks completely on baking sheet.

4. Bring port to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons. Remove from heat; stir in honey and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

5. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, grapes, granulated sugar, and juice. Saute 10 minutes or until grapes are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature.

6. Combine cheeses in a small bowl, stirring well.

7. Place 1 phyllo stack on each of 6 plates, and top with 1 teaspoon cheese mixture and 1 tablespoon grape mixture. Repeat the layers once, ending with phyllo stack. Drizzle 1 teaspoon port mixture onto each plate. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon walnuts, and dust evenly with the remaining 2 teaspoons powdered sugar.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 297
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 4.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 339mg
  • Calcium: 39mg
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