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Making Herb Fired Crackers & Fresh Salsa with Chef Franklin Dye

These recipes are perfect for spring lunches.
HERB FIRED CRACKERS

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups vegetable oil 
1 tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp onion powder 
1/2 tsp black pepper 
2 ozs ranch dressing mix 
3 tbsps red pepper flakes (crushed) 
1 box saltine crackers (multigrain or regular)

Directions
  • Place the vegetable oil, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, ranch dressing mix, and crushed red pepper flakes in a 2-gallon plastic zipper bag. 
  • Seal the bag and smoosh with your hands to thoroughly combine the oil and spices. 
  • Place the crackers into the bag, seal, and turn the bag over to cover the crackers with the spice mix. 
  • Let the bag sit for about 1 hour, then turn again. Repeat several more times until the crackers are well-coated with spice mix, and allow the bag to sit overnight. Remove crackers and serve. Serve warm for a more intense flavor.
FRESH SALSA

Ingredients
2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1small can chopped green chiles,
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 
2 each fresh jalapenos
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander

Directions
  • Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime juice, salt, jalapenos, green chiles, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. 
  • Add cumin and coriander.  
  • Blend on low to desired consistency.  

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