On the tapenades and spread side, we were lucky enough to sample a wide variety of artisan products from the company The Gracious Gourmet (based out of Connecticut). The Gracious Gourmet claims to use all natural ingredients and at last count they offer 14 unique spreads and tapenades. We sampled chile red pepper, roasted eggplant, four onion balsamic, peach apricot, fennel and blood orange, and spiced red cherry. We tasted both the spreads and tapenades on homemade bruschetta and straight up on a spoon (we did not “cook” with the products).
Our favorite included the balsamic four onion (which had lots of deep onion flavor with just the right amount of sweetness derived from the vinegar), though we were a bit disappointed given the amount of ingredients in the spread including corn syrup and some hydrogenated item. We also enjoyed the spiced red cherry and peach apricot with Greek yogurt and on British style toast with butter. The remaining spreads and tapenades had decent flavor but they weren’t stand outs, especially disappointing was the fennel and blood orange which had very little orange or fennel flavor (as it was dominated by an olive like flavor for some reason). The roasted eggplant also had a strange rubbery consistency and the chile red pepper was probably better suited to adding to a sauce or American style beef chile).
Find It: $9.00 at The Gracious Gourmet