Homemade Cheese Crackers

Parmesan and Garlic

Crackers have been on my list of things to make homemade for almost a year. I kept putting it off because I thought it would be hard. Trust me, this took 15-20 minutes tops. They are also delicious! My favorite snack is cheese and crackers. Now I have cheese in the cracker, and cheese on the cracker. What could be better than that?

I have been playing around with this recipe all weekend (yes, we have a lot of crackers to eat).There are endless variations to this recipe. As long as you keep the measurements the same, you can use any cheese or spice that you like. I would stick with whole wheat flour though. White flour would probably end up a more doughy, soft cracker. These are crispy and delicious. Enjoy the experiment!

Parmesan Garlic Crackers

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

4 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 onion powder

1 tsp parsley flakes

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly flour a cookie sheet, or cover with parchment paper.

In your food processor (with the grating blade) grate the parmesan cheese. Leave the cheese in the food processor and change the blade to the regular cutting blade. Add flour, salt, spices and butter. Pulse to cut in the butter (this will also make the cheese finer, which is what you want).

Add 1/4 cup of cream. You may need an additional 1 or 2 tablespoons of cream. The dough should barely stick together, and not be wet or sticky at all.

Dump dough on to a lightly floured counter top. Roll out very thin. 1/4″ max. (if you like a soft, chewy cracker you can make them thicker)

Cut your rolled dough into a square. Place the square on to the cookie sheet. Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough into bite size cracker pieces. Don’t worry if it doesn’t cut all the way through, just deeply score them.

Roll out the remaining dough, until you have used it all up. Sprinkle the pan of crackers with sea salt.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. Crackers should be light brown on top, and a darker brown around the edges. Don’t over bake or the crackers taste scorched. It is better to under bake and let them crisp up on the hot pan, then to burn them.

This makes one quart-size freezer bag full of crackers. Serve with Salmon and Yogurt Cheese Cracker Spread or any sort of raw cheese.

Honey Whole Wheat

So what cheese/spice combo are you going to try? Here are my future cracker experiments:

Blue Cheese and Rye Crackers

Cream Cheese and Carmel Crackers

Sesame Seed and Garlic Crackers

Swiss Cheese and Rosemary Crackers

Garlic and Basil Crackers

Cayenne and Cumin Crackers

Chile Powder and Sweet Onion Crackers

Sun Dried Tomato and Gorgonzola Crackers

Any other ideas?

Real Food Nacho Cheese Sauce

I love nachos! It am a bit of a cheese addict I must admit. But us real foodies love to read our labels don’t we? That means no more cheese sauce out of a can 🙂

Real Food Nacho Cheese Sauce

1/2 cup yogurt cheese

1 cup raw cheddar cheese, cubed

1 1/2  cups raw whole milk

splash of hot sauce

1 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped

half of a small red bell pepper, diced

1/4 raw whole milk

2 Tbsp flour

In saucepan melt cheddar and yogurt cheese. Add hot sauce, peppers and half of the milk (3/4 cup) Stir until incorporated well. Add remaining milk and stir.

Mix 1/4 cup of milk and flour, whisk to remove lumps. Add this to your cheese mixture and boil gently until thick.

Now if you really want to impress someone you can make your own tortilla chips in a hurry. I take the leftover homemade tortillas that are a little on the stale side and cut them into triangles. Fry them in a cast iron skillet in really hot oil. It doesn’t take long, maybe 2-3 minutes. I use beef tallow and they are so delicious. I love me some beef fat! 🙂

This recipe freezes and reheats very well. If you want to make a large batch, go ahead! Stores in the fridge for 1 week, or in the freezer for 3-6 months.

 

 

 

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