Photos by Katie Eldridge
Following on the success of Park City’s Handle restaurant, Briar Handly and Melissa Gray’s new Salt Lake City eatery—HSL—is currently the hottest ticket in town. But don’t look for a carbon copy of Handle at HSL; Chef Handly and his talented crew have designed a completely new and unique menu for HSL, and the gorgeous space is just as appealing as the outstanding cuisine.
HSL’s seeded cracker with cream cheese mousse, grandma’s pepper jelly and herb salad is a nifty nosh that is similar to a canapé that you eat with your hands—a great way to start a meal. “The dish is homage to my Grammy Britton on my mom’s side—a riff on an hors d’oeuvre had as kids for every family get together during the holidays. She still to this day sends me jars and jars of her home made pepper jelly, so I wanted to highlight that at HSL in our own way. At 88 years old, she still works harder in the kitchen than most. She truly is a big inspiration to me as a chef,” Handly says.
The gluten-free cracker utilizes ancient seeds such as buckwheat, amaranth, chia, sorghum, teff and millet, while the cream cheese mousse is whipped up with heavy cream, lemon zest, thyme, dehydrated garlic and onion and mascarpone cheese. Blue Sky Perennials, Frog Bench Farms and Badlands Ranch grow the micro greens and herbs for the dish, dressed with a simple lemon vinaigrette and Maldon salt. It’s one killer cracker!
418 E. 200 South, SLC