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.