Sundried Tomato and Garlic Super-Seed Crackers

[They work both as a cracker–or a snack! Angela’s elegant Sundried Tomato and Garlic Superseed Crackers are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Oh She Glows sundried tomato crackers

[photo: Ashley McGlaughlin]

It wasn’t until I moved to Toronto in my late 20s that the infinite possibilities of food really began to open up to me.  After all, Toronto is the most multi-cultural city in the world, and you can find cuisines of virtually every other country here. But for me, it was the Graduate Student Dinner Party that made the biggest difference.

While I was studying at University of Toronto, my friends and I used to throw dinner parties almost weekly as a venue to showcase our best new recipes. Sometimes we’d combine efforts and co-host, sharing the culinary duties.

At one such event, my bestie Gemini I had invited a colleague from her MBA program (let’s call him “Pierre”). Pierre was tall, suave, prematurely gray (which just gave him even more élan), a true gourmet, and–most engaging of all–he spoke with a French accent. So I was thrilled when he offered to create the hors d’oeuves for our party.

So, what did Monsieur Français Cheveux Gris Très Suave Pierre whip up, you may wonder? Was it soup à l’oignon? Escargots? Poutine?

Nope. What Pierre created was so magical, so delectable, so deceptively simple that it became our staple appetizer for decades to come.

The recipe? One fresh lemon, thinly sliced, with each slice then cut into tiny pie-shaped wedges (be sure to leave the skin on); one tub processed Philadelphia soft cream cheese; one box of original Triscuit crackers; and one can of smoked oysters. (I know, quite the gourmet, mais non?)

Assemble as follows: smear some cheese on a Triscuit; top with a smoked oyster; and place a lemon wedge on top. Pop the entire shebang in your mouth at once and get ready for a flavor bomb.

They were uncannily delicious, and we’d invariably go through dozens of these little taste sensations at every party.

Well, I’ve gotta admit, those hors d’oeuvres really opened my eyes to the possibility of crackers as “gourmet food.” Before that, I’d only ever eaten saltines (mostly on Saturday mornings, slathered in Kraft peanut butter, with a side of chocolate milk while the CEO and I watched Skooby-Doo or The Jetsons on TV).

Oh She Glows by Angela LIddon on rickiheller.com

That’s why I’m so happy to share today’s recipe from Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows)’s new cookbook, Sundried Tomato and Garlic Super-Seed Crackers. Many of you are already familiar with Angela and her New York Times best-selling inaugural cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook.

This book, Oh She Glows Everyday, offers more of Angela’s signature foolproof, homey recipes, with the added bonus of ease and speed of preparation for those with busy lifestyles (which, let’s face it, is all of us!). And the recipes can be made with regular ingredients we’d all find at our local grocers.

These little gems are, like the best cracker-based appetizers, flavor bombs in their own right. Top with a little cream cheese (please use something better than what we used in those Triscuit appetizers of yore!) and you’ve got a fantastic snack or appetizer. While I no longer eat smoked oysters, dairy cream cheese OR Triscuits, these crackers give me hope for even better hors d’oeuvres to come.

Oh She Glows sundried tomato crackers on rickiheller.com



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