Agrodolce is the term for any Italian sweet-and-sour sauce made with vinegar and sugar. This superchunky version with golden raisins, red grapes and toasted pine nuts is more like a compote and is fantastic with the spice-roasted chicken.
Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cups red wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
In a bowl, cover the raisins with the warm water and let stand until plumped, about 10 minutes. Drain.
In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat until fragrant and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Let cool.
In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, red onion and fennel seeds. Simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 25 minutes. Pour into a heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature.
Stir the raisins, pine nuts, grapes and olive oil into the syrup. Season lightly with salt and serve.
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