Rosemary Grape Focaccia

Rosemary Grape Focaccia Recipe // Dula Notes

Every New Year’s Eve we go to a good friends’ house in my hometown. A bunch of people are invited and everyone brings an appetizer. Last year, my sister-in-law Bethany and I started our own little tradition of getting our appetizers ready before the New Year’s Eve party. When our appetizers were finished last year, we sat by the fireplace, leisurely painted our nails and watched Christmas movies.

This year, I wasted the morning away watching a Rachel Zoe Project marathon (why?!?), forgoing a shower until later. I grabbed a sweatshirt, put my hair into a ponytail and was off to make appetizers. Our small party turned into a house full with cousins and friends in town. We had a fun time laughing all afternoon and the appetizers turned out great, but I found myself in a time-crunch to get ready for the evening. As I rushed to my parents’ house, I seriously questioned my decision-making skills. I had spent the entire morning listening to Roger and Rachel fight about babies and Oscar dresses. My goodness.

Fortunately, this appetizer turned out to be the bee’s knees and didn’t look like I threw it together. It was super pretty and the platter was emptied quickly that night.

I recommend making this for your next gathering of friends. Yeasted bread can be scary, but I assure you it’s the kindest dough. I made the dough the day before and transported it like a plastic-wrapped dough pillow pet across the state. This made putting it together and baking it before the party that much easier.  You’ll love the flavors, too. A hint of rosemary, jammy bites of roasted red grapes and a little crunch from the pepitas and sea salt.

Rosemary Grape Focaccia Recipe // Dula Notes

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  1. sometimes we just get sucked into trashy-tv marathons…it happens to the best of us!
    those jammy grapes with the rosemary sound amazing…and the colors are so pretty too!

  2. Gotta love the Rachel Zoe project!! This foccacia sounds like something I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to make in the past. Going to have to give this one a spin!!

    • Kasey – The style network always sucks me in at my parents’ house! I remember your lemon and rosemary foccacia from a while back and how beautiful it was. I hope you give this a try and that the recipe is nice to you 🙂

  3. I just love your NYE tradition. Maybe I can convince my friends to do something similar next year? Great addition with the pepitas, too! I’m sure it provided that coveted salty crunch. Happy 2012, Nicole! xo

    • Elizabeth – I think you and your friends would love this tradition. And you’ll have the bonus of an extra little one to share it with 🙂 Thanks, again, for sharing the recipe, it was a big hit and happy 2012 to you, too!

  4. Bees knees. I love it. It looks amazing to me. I’ve never made foccacia before, but it’s on my list. This recipe will be at the top! And, Rachel Zoe? I don’t have cable, but I watch it whenever I get a chance. LOVE fashion + reality T.V.!

    • Robin – It was my first foccacia and the dough was so soft and manageable. You’ll just love it! One of the episodes had Rachel making a seder dinner for her family in a fancy cape, loads of chunky jewelry and a turban. Priceless!

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