In the midst of sugar-dusted cookies and candied gingersnaps, we present a cracker of a red and green trellis with a pinch of spice. Woven right into a buttery, salty crust, this filigree of fragrant herbs and chillies alternating with shards of peppy sun-dried tomatoes decrees Christmas in its own spirit in the Tadka kitchens. While the colors of the season paint the outside world a sprightly shade, the hues of contentment come shining through around us, mottled with the remnants of these delectable biscuitty bites along the smile lines..
Tomato ‘n Herb Crackers
(Makes about 35 crackers)
- 4 Thai/green chillies
- 2 Sprigs curry leaves
- 6 Sundried tomato halves
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1¼ Teaspoon salt
- ¼ Teaspoon pepper
- ½ Teaspoon baking soda
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, soft
- ¼ Cup olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons sour cream or thick yogurt
Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for 5 minutes and then drain and squeeze them out well. Or, if using the ones which come in oil, drain them well. Mince the chillies, curry leaves and sun-dried tomatoes and set aside.
Mix together the flour, salt, pepper and baking soda in a bowl. Add the minced ingredients and stir well, separating the tomato pieces if they are clumped together
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, olive oil and sour cream/yogurt. Add the flour mixture and stir until the mixture starts coming together. Then use your hands to form it into a dough, but do not knead. Roll the dough into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour or until chilled. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
Cut the log into ¼” thick slices, rolling the log after every cut to get even rounds. Place the crackers on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
The crackers will be soft initially but will crisp up more once they cool down.
We love snacks and appetizers that we can make ahead of time and these fit the bill perfectly. To warm and crisp-up the crackers before serving, place 6 on a plate and microwave for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool slightly and serve. Flavorful and festive, Tomato and Herb Crackers are perfect for that holiday bash, whether served on their own, or with a mild cheese dip.
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