This sautéed grape and goat cheese dip takes just minutes to make and is great for so many different types of parties and get-togethers.
Sauteed grape and goat cheese dip, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Everyone needs a go-to party appetizer recipe that can be prepared at the very last minute. This is mine.

A couple of years ago, I attended a cookbook signing event hosted by Michael Natkin, author of Herbivoracious. He made a dip similar to this, and it had a room full of bloggers and food writers raving.

I left inspired, wanting to recreate this dish with a cheap recipe twist. I made a few tweaks and came up with a less expensive but still delicious dip that I have made for many parties since then.

The best part? It literally takes just a minute or two to throw together.

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When To Serve This Dip

This is a crowd-pleaser of a dip that is appropriate for any type of party:

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The Cost

  • Goat cheese (two four-ounce packages purchased at ALDI) = $3.98
  • Grapes (approximately one cup) = $.99
  • Green onion (1 stalk) = $.15

Total cost for dip = $5.12

Homemade cheese and homemade crackers

Serve with a batch of homemade crackers (on left), which costs just 50 cents to make

30-Second Appetizers

Got (approximately) 30 seconds? Then you can make a variety of SUPER easy appetizers that take less than a minute to make! Yes, I’m serious. These recipes are perfect for entertaining, when you need low-fuss foods to feed a crowd.

Sauteed grape and goat cheese dip, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Sauteed Grape and Goat Cheese Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes


  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Spread goat cheese on the bottom of a small serving dish.
  2. Right before you're ready to serve, saute halved grapes in one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat for about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour grapes and any remaining olive oil from the pan over the goat cheese. Top with green onions. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Serve immediately.

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