That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight. –Lilly Pulitzer
This post was sponsored by Specialty Retailers Inc. but all words, opinions and love of holiday entertaining are my own!
It’s that time of year! Even as an introvert I find myself in the festive party mood in December. The cold weather ushers us indoors and, enveloped by holiday tunes and twinkling lights, puts me in the mood to cook delicious food, pour glasses of champagne, and gather with friends and family. You can feel that shift in the air can’t you? You long to spend more time at home, hibernating in a sense, surrounded by comfort in the form of food and friends and general reveling. I feel it more this time of year that at any other time. Every night is a good night for a party; impromptu or planned.
I’m definitely a fan of more intimate gatherings, highlighted by good friends, great music, plenty of laughter, and most importantly delicious food. To me, good food is as crucial if not more so than any other element to a good party. Once you have the food down, the rest unfolds fairly seamlessly. I almost always start there. For example, today’s recipe started with me dreaming of my favorite uncured rosemary ham, I crave it constantly. It’s roasted and so flavorful; the perfect combination of herbs and salt and fat. I dream about this ham. You can find it at many specialty delis.From there the rest of the recipe began to unfold—apples, cheddar, honey, a buttery flakey crust to contain it all. After that crisp champagne, lots of fresh greenery for décor, and so on…
I also love gatherings where recipes are simple—no one wants to spend the entire party fussing with cooking in the kitchen. I often opt for easy finger foods with simple, good quality ingredients and delicious flavors. These mini galettes hit all the marks. Sweet, savory, salty, acid from the lemon juice, with a bit of buttery fat, and freshness of the rosemary—they are the perfect symphony of flavors. Easy to make, easy to adapt, and always a hit at any party.
This year I’m joining in on Stage Store’svirtual holiday party by sharing a fun holiday appetizer recipe to inspire you to set your own holiday stage. I loved perusing their site for my cookware and serving needs it made putting together this fun recipe all the easier. Whether you need gift ideas, an outfit for your next holiday soiree, or home decor for you next gathering Stage has you covered! For this recipe I looked to them for all the pretty dishes and serving items you see here!
Once I had my recipe down and the décor and dishes covered all that was left was selecting the champagne and I had the best holiday movie night with Simon and friends. A party doesn’t have to be elaborate or meticulously planned to be perfect. I ordered my key pieces from Stage Stores, whipped up these galettes, and enjoyed every moment.
What is your favorite way to gather around the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday party recipes? Leave a comment below!
Apple Cheddar Galettes with Rosemary Ham and Honey
Makes 1 large galette or 6-8 small ones
For the Dough
- 1 stick (cold) unsalted butter
- 1 & 1/3 cups flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. minced rosemary
- ¼ tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
- ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cups ice water (only add as much as needed)
- 1 egg, beaten
For the Galette
- 8 oz. Rosemary Ham
- 2-3 cups thinly sliced apples*
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 ½ cups of cheddar cheese, shredded (I used both aged sharp cheddar, and Vermont cheddar)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- 3 Tbsp. melted butter
- Honey, for serving
- Fresh minced rosemary for serving, optional
*I used about 6 very small apples so the slices would better fit inside these mini galettes.
Make the Dough
Can be made ahead and refrigerated for a day or two
- Grate the butter into a small bowl and place in the freezer for about 8-10 min.
- In a large bowl mix flour, salt, sugar, rosemary, pepper, and cheese.
- When the butter is nice and cold, mix into the flour with a pastry cutter or fork.
- When the mixture begins to clump together, slowly add water. Only add as much as needed to form a ball! Start with ¼ cup and increase as you mix. You don’t want a wet dough.
- On a floured surface shape ball into a disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour before using.
Assemble the Galettes
- Preheat oven to 400° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice apples and toss in lemon juice to prevent browning.
- Remove dough from refrigerator and divide into 6-8 even pieces and gently roll into balls. To keep the dough cold I find it best to assemble one galette at a time and refrigerate the rest.
- With a lightly floured rolling pin on a floured surface, roll one dough ball into a somewhat circle-shape (doesn’t need to be perfect) about 1/8 in. thick.
- Cover with a bit of ham, followed by a little cheese, apple slices, some melted butter, and the rest of the cheese. Leave a small border at the edge of each galette for folding over. See photos above.**
- Lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Fold the edges of the dough over, brush with egg wash and carefully place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining galettes.
- Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- To serve, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh rosemary and enjoy!
**Keep in mind the amount of ingredients on each doesn’t need to be exact, just roughly divide your ingredients among each galette. Mine were all a little different in size and some needed more apples/ham/cheese than others. It’s not a science, let them look rustic!