Posted on October 8, 2014
This isn’t as much of a recipe as it is just plain good advice. Let me set up the story a little. I was recently asked to help a friend cater an event in LA and if you’ve ever been to a catered event (or a good one at least) you usually don’t see the chef/s or preppers and you certainly should’ve only been served the good looking cuts of food. What I mean is that you don’t see the mess in the kitchen. WELL, this was definitely true in our case, but what may come as a surprise is that we may have been the luckiest folks at the party.
My friend that I was helping do this event with (shout out to Heather Harold!) and I made and assembled tons of delicious, fun bites to send out to the guests, one of which was a Rosemary Focaccia topped with tons of olives and caramelized onions. Once the focaccia had come out of the oven and cooled, I was on deck to slice and plate them. As I had mentioned before, only the pretty pieces make it out to the guests, so all the crispy bare crusts that I had cut off stayed back with us. Now, I can’t remember which one of us tried it first, but somehow we got the brilliant idea to dip the crispy, salty, end piece into what was left of a jar of sweet & spicy pepper jelly (that was used on a cheese platter). LET ME TELL YOU WHAT. I’m pretty sure the Heavens above opened up and shone down upon us as we nibbled. WHEW. SO GOOD. It may sound like a simple combination to you, but guess what? You’re 100% wrong pal. We were kind of blown away by the whole experience.
SO, if you know me even a little, then you KNOW I had to recreate this experience at home. The only thing I decided to add to mine was some goat cheese… Guys, you have to try this.