Baked Feta Tomato Pasta feels like a million years ago, doesn’t it? We’ve seen many iterations of it since, including strawberry feta version or Boursin-tomato bakes. Here we are, a year later and the first new viral TikTok recipe of the year is a nod to charcuterie boards: Grape, Walnut and Brie pasta.
First, you add two small wheels of Brie cheese (with the rind on) and a large bunch of washed green grapes to a baking dish. Sprinkle with walnuts, salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil and bake. Drizzle honey on the brie and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Enjoy a glorious cheese pull or two as you mix before adding in cooked pasta. Toss again, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, sprinkle with more walnuts and thyme and broil until bubbly, watching that the walnuts don’t burn.
You now have toasty walnuts, warm cheese and hot, squishy grapes. Are you still with us?
I mean, the flavors do go together, as we’ve seen brie, nut and grapes all on a cheese tray before. Sometimes, tomatoes can be really sweet and very similar in texture, so it’s not that weird.
TikTok reactions seem pretty divided, though. TikToker Jennifer Valentyne taste tested it with her husband, who said it did have a little something to it.
“It’s like drinking beer when you’re six,” he said. "The more you drink this, the better it gets.” But then he said the grapes were actually a bummer to eat. “Instead of being a bonus, it’s like 'Sh--, I got a grape.'” The couple ultimately rated it four out of 10 (him) and two out of 10 (her). Jennifer’s husband recommends just having pasta with a jar of tomato sauce instead and calling it a day.
Some other brave souls on TikTok attempted it as well and said it was pretty good, but a lot of the other related videos dueted with the original video for comedy purposes, like this one by The Pasinis, who sprinkled holy water at the dish.
Most who commented hadn't tried the dish, so there still isn't a consensus on how it all actually tastes. We don't think that will be happening any time soon, as the warm grapes seem to be a real deal breaker for most people.
What do you think? Are you brave enough to stick grapes into a hot oven? Or has TikTok lost its mind once again? Where do we go from here in 2022? What crazy combos do you predict will come next?