Where does your inspiration come from? I fancy to say mine comes from extensive visits to far off and exotic cultures, ideas garnered while wandering around the inner workings of the CIA (that’s the Culinary institute of America, not the windowless government agency lacking even a pinch of food-based stimulation), and my daily afternoon tea break with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s personal chef.
The less sexy reality of it all is that this French inspired flatbread was a revelation of my weekly visit to the local Trader Joe’s. Call me crazy, but some of my best ideas spring from that little grocery store with the brimming flavor profile. While perusing the frozen food section, I came upon this very flatbread. I looked at it for a minute and then a minute more. “I can make this.” I thought. Not being one to turn down a challenge, I decided to plunge in; crust first.
I quickly discerned the first step in creating French inspired brilliance to be the caramelization of an onion. If you’ve never done it before, don’t be afraid, I promise it’s real easy. You ready?