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)
- Use the shredding attachment of your food processor and shred the cheese. Remove the shredded cheese to a waiting bowl.
- Change to your regular blade and add in the flour, mustard, cayenne pepper and cheese back into the bowl of the processor.
- Add in the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
- Now add 1 teaspoon of ice cold water at a time and pulse until the dough begins to form.
- 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.
- Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
- Get a surface ready with some flour to roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Use 2 1/2 inch decorative cookie cutters and cut out shapes and place them on parchment lined baking sheets.
- 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.
- 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.