Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Sour Cream Pesto Crackers

Another year has passed and another musical hopeful is about to be crowned Season 11’s next American Idol. Last year I had the amazing opportunity to make it to Hollywood and sing for the trifecta of judges. It was an eye opening, exciting, and growing experience. Because of my screen time Lyndsey Parker, Music Editor of Yahoo! Music, invited me to guest blog during the rest of the season and provide themed recipes every week. Apparently my food didn’t suck that bad because she had me back this year!

Over the last few years I’ve definitely learned A LOT about food and writing my own recipes. I also got a new camera so the pics are leaps and bounds better then last year. So for this week’s finale I’ve come up with three recipes for the two night event. Head over the Lyndsey’s Blog, Reality Rocks, to view all three recipes or wait until tomorrow to get the final two right here!

What have been your favorite Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers recipes this season? Let me know in the comments field below.

Check out all three finale recipes HERE!


  • 1 ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (around 1 tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 table water crackers
  • 1 red pepper (cayenne, Serrano or jalapeno), thinly sliced

Combine a cup of basil and the next 6 ingredients, through the salt and pepper, in a food processor.

Pour the olive oil through the spout while blending.

Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Fill a piping bag with the pesto mixture. If you don’t have a piping bag pour into a zip lock bag and snip the bottom corner.

Pour a dollop of the mixture on top of each cracker.

Chiffonade the remaining ¼ cup of basil.

Sprinkle a few of the basil ribbons on top of each cracker.

Top with a slice of red pepper.

Bon Appétit!

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