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When I was asked by Martha Stewart Living to create a summer appetizer using Triscuit crackers and cherry tomatoes, I was a little stumped at first. Then, during a trip to a local market, I saw this basket of absolutely beautiful heirloom tomatoes, which set the wheels in motion.
The wonderful thing about Triscuit crackers is they now come in so many flavours and even thin, extra crispy style. I decided to pair the roasted garlic ones with my picture perfect tomatoes, and the rest fell easily in to place. (Note – make sure you read through to the bottom of this post, you won’t want to miss the chance to win a free trip to New York City to meet Martha herself!)
Seriously – can we take a moment and admire these tomatoes, please?
Okay, back to business. The first thing I did was skewer the tomatoes and roast them in my oven. I set them on a low broil for about 15 minutes, turning them after 7-8 minutes.
While roasting, I snipped some chives from our little herb garden and stirred it into some goat cheese. I place a little dollop on each Triscuit cracker. To make a nice round dollop, I actually kind of rolled the goat cheese and then pressed it between my fingers to make a patty. This allows you to place it nicely on the middle of the cracker without smears and smudges on the edge – which also allows you to eat it and keep clean fingers!
You can peel the tomatos if you wish – I started to do this and realized I actually preferred them unpeeled. It was much more rustic, which I was going for. I loved the look of the skin once it was “smashed” on top of the goat cheese.
To smash the tomato after it was roasted, I pressed down on it gently with a fork before placing it on top of the goat cheese. After they were all assembled, I popped them back in the oven for about 5 minutes under a low broil to warm the cheese through. If you decide to use the bake setting, be careful – you don’t want those Triscuit crackers to burn!
After photographing these babies, I went to edit my photos. During this time, my husband came home, and as you may know, he is a major foodie. He has been to culinary school and works in the food industry, so I am always intimidated when he tries my dishes. Let me tell you – he ate every last one of them and asked me to prepare another plate! The sweetness of the roasted tomatoes with the creamy goat cheese and crispy Triscuit cracker works better together than I could have even imagined!
**Full recipe at bottom of post**
And now for the best part: Martha Stewart is challenging you at home to a Triscuit Summer Snackoff – simply pair Triscuit crackers with select seasonal ingredients for a chance to win a trip to New York City to meet Martha Stewart and other fabulous other prizes! Every two weeks, a new seasonal ingredient will be announced – right now the challenge involves cherry tomatoes, as you may have guessed! I just love how Martha used the Triscuit crackers to form little cups in this dish below:
Now, what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and create a dish that will win you that trip to New York City – and if you can’t think of anyone to take with you, I’m sure I could find room in my schedule to meet Martha! Now for the step by step recipe:
Smashed Heirloom Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Appetizer
- 24 Triscuit Roasted Garlic Crackers
- Heirloom cherry tomatoes (or regular cherry tomatoes)
- 8 oz log of goat cheese
- 4 tbsp chopped chives
1. Preheat oven broiler on low. Skewer cherry tomatoes and place under broiler for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.
2. Mix goat cheese with chives in a small mixing bowl. Place a tablespoon of goat cheese on each Triscuit cracker.
3. After removing tomatoes from the oven, smash gently with a fork and then place one tomato on top of each Triscuit cracker.
4. Place back under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until cheese is warmed through. Serve immediately.