Taralli are a typical southern Italian snack that play host to many flavors. They’re “breadsticks” that are a blank canvas for anything you can imagine.
Taralli, a typical Southern Italian crunchy snack, kind of like a bread stick, but formed in the shape of a ring. They are simply made with flour, olive oil and wine, and flavored with various items, like fennel seeds, rosemary, oregano, chili peppers, black pepper, or cheese. Similar to baking bagels (well, proper bagels at least), they are first boiled and then baked in the oven until golden.
It took a bit of experimenting to get them to taste the way I wanted. I played around with different types of flour, herbs–fresh versus dried, and spice level. After several reiterations, and some trial and error, I am very happy with the final outcome.
While I like to incorporate a little bit of whole grain flour into recipes, sometimes it’s best not to mess with tradition. Traditionally, taralli are made with “00” flour. When I replaced half of the “00” with whole wheat, the dough was way too dry, not springy or stretchy, just kind of fell apart. Also, took me a little while to get the spice level just right. Little by little, I added a bit more black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and dried rosemary, until they were just the way I wanted them.
These are my new favorite snack!Print
Linda Schneider is the blogger behind Wild Greens and Sardines, an homage to her love for all things food and [Mediterranean] travel. What she enjoys most is seasonal, farm-to-table recipes that highlight local ingredients, farmers, and food artisans. She loves going to local farmers’ markets, seeing what’s in season, and sharing recipes with others.