MN Grape Salad

Grape Devonshire recipe. otherwise known as Grape Salad.I'm bringing you this recipe more for humor than logic. Sure, it's tasty enough and if you haven't ever tried it... do so. Just to check it off your bucket list. But let's be honest, who on earth is going to put brown sugar on grapes with clotted cream for dessert? Maybe for a wedding in MN? Or a baby shower, I guess. But in your simplified real life, you'll just as soon scoop up ice cream for your family. Yet it was absolutely necessary, as a Minnesotan, to write up a post about this grape salad. Just laugh and giggle and the ridiculousness, y'all. And realize that in it's hey day this little recipe was at the top of list on dessert menus. Back when cars weren't invented yet, I'm sure :).

Hey, why not make it for your family for funsies? I have. And we all sat and pretended to be from decades gone by when they had accents (for some reason my family think that in the 1800's all Americans had English accents. That's how we talk in "the old-days" talk.)

If you aren't from Minnesota you may not be aware of the hullabaloo that the NY Times recently caused when they chose Grape Salad as the dish that best represents our beloved state.

Say what? Grape what?

Those are the questions heard around the state. Rightfully so. Grape salad is a virtual unknown to most Minnesotans, even those born and raised here. I hadn't heard of it, that is for sure. But my sister Lanet had. She had served it, even. What?

True story. She is a part-time server at the historic Lowell Inn here in Stillwater, MN. Stillwater takes pride in it's history as the birthplace of MN and is one of the oldest cities in the state. Lowell Inn is one of the older businesses of the city. Apparently, it serves Grapes Devonshire (Grape Salad) and has been for decades.

Perhaps Grape Salad is a MN dish from decades past? Eh, we still think the hotdish should be the NY Times pick and will be campaigning for that next time. Tatertot Hotdish anyone?

We are proud to be able to bring you an original recipe for Grapes Devonshire. It's a true original made with clotted cream, grapes, strawberries, and brown sugar. From the oldest city in the state of MN. That means something, I would think.

Grape Devonshire recipe. otherwise known as Grape Salad.

Grapes Devonshire

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  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
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For the devonshire cream

  • Mix cream cheese, 1 Tbsp sugar, whipping cream, and salt together until smooth and creamy with a mixer.

For the dessert

  • Fill individual bowls/cups half full with grapes. Fill to top with strawberries. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar to each bowl. Top with devonshire cream. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “MN Grape Salad”

  1. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Love the story! What does New York know about the Midwest?? Niente, zip, nada!! They still think we don't have cars or know how to read. How about something with blueberries? I think I'll pass on the dessert but now I do know the state dessert -- do states really have desserts? If they do I think I have to go back and start studying my American History. Oh what the heck they've been revising American History for the past 80 years. I wonder what they gave Indiana??

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