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Monday, November 18, 2013

Parmesan & Herb Crackers


It's been a while, but I have so many great recipes for you!  It's deep into holiday entertaining season so quite a few of my recipes will be focused on gifting and entertaining.  

I hope you enjoy :)

These are super easy / flexible and the best part - you can make them in advance! 

1 stick of room temp butter (no substitutions here!!)
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese (or romano)
1 1/4 cups of gluten free flour*
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of herbs (Thyme or Rosemary work great!)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Splash of cream (as needed)

Cream the butter with an electric mixer or whisk until fluffy and slightly lighter in color.  Then using a fork (this worked best for me) incorporate all the other ingredients until the dough comes together.  I thought the dough was quite dry (probably from the gf flour) so I added about a slight tablespoon of cream to bring it together.  

Turn the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and form into a log.  Then wrap in plastic wrap.  If using immediately - put in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to firm up.  Otherwise place in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake (up to 3 days). 

Slice the log into 1/4 inch rounds and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.  They will not rise or spread so they can be very close together.  

Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.  Until they are set and the edges just start to brown. 

Cool on the parchment paper.  Store in an air tight container (if you don't eat them all immediately!)

These are very delicate crackers.  I was worried about transporting them to a party I attended over the weekend, but they did make it!  

*I decided to try the new Trader Joe's gluten free flour and I have to say I was pretty impressed with my first shot at it!  I will definitely be testing this in other recipes… although it's quite expensive considering the size of the package.

These are absolutely delightful crackers that will be a hit at any holiday party - whether you're hosting or showing up with a treat.  They are full of flavor, the texture is amazing, and they melt in your mouth making you want more!! 

I hope you love them as much as I do :)