Cooking On A Budget: Savory Appetizer Crackers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Savory Appetizer Crackers

A savory cracker you make at home. They have a kick from the cayenne and wonderful cheese flavor.

In the restaurant we made this savory crust for our chicken or turkey pot pie to go. The original recipe was actually to serve as a cracker like appetizer. I decided to resurrect the recipe from memory and make some to see if I could develop a recipe with lots of flavor and buttery goodness. The original recipe calls for Gruyere cheese but to make it budget friendly I am using sharp cheddar in its place.

There is a kick with the cayenne pepper so I suggest serving with some sort of fruit preserve to let folks put a little sweetness on the cracker. I used Apricot preserves as it's a fall color or create your own toppings to sit on top of them.

Use your food processor for making the dough and shredding the cheese and this recipe is a breeze.
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose) + extra for rolling
  • 1 stick cold salted butter - cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar - shredded (or Gruyere)
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ice cold water (for the dough)
  1. Use the shredding attachment of your food processor and shred the cheese. Remove the shredded cheese to a waiting bowl.
  2. Change to your regular blade and add in the flour, mustard, cayenne pepper and cheese back into the bowl of the processor.
  3. Add in the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
  4. Now add 1 teaspoon of ice cold water at a time and pulse until the dough begins to form.
  5. Remove the dough from the processor and place on a sheet of plastic wrap and cover the dough. Using your hands form a disc and flatten it.
  6. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  7. Get a surface ready with some flour to roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Use 2 1/2 inch decorative cookie cutters and cut out shapes and place them on parchment lined baking sheets.
  9. If the dough is getting to warm place it back in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes and finish rolling and cutting the shapes.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 20-25 minutes.

The nice thing about this recipe is the simple ingredients you most likely have already and it cost me approximately $3.10 to make these. I garnered 34 crackers. They will make a wonderful appetizer for your holiday tables and you can have them plain or dress them up with some kind of topping.
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