Monday, February 8, 2010

Cheddar Cheese Crackers

The Super Bowl didn't have the ending that we were wishing for in this house, but we enjoyed watching the game, commercials, and the halftime show (well kind of... I'll leave it at that.)

We ate pizza subs made with slices of delicious sourdough Italian bread that I made yesterday morning, and snacked on these homemade crackers with cheddar-horseradish pub cheese. And we didn't forget the beer, of course!

Cheese Crackers

1/2 cup pecans)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
1-2 tsp milk or half &half (may or may not need)

In food processor, pulse pecans until finely chopped. Remove to a bowl and add flour. Whisk to combine.

Place cheese and butter into food processor and pulse until smooth. Add thyme and hot sauce and pulse to combine.

Add flour/pecan mixture and pulse until mixture comes together. It'll still be crumbly but you should be able to get it to stick together if you take a piece of it press it together with your fingers. If it's too crumbly, add a teaspoon or two of milk until you reach the desired consistency. Remove dough from food processor and form into a ball, then gently roll the dough back and forth until you've formed it into an 8 inch log. Cover the log with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray or line with Silpats. Using a very sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/8" slices and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove crackers from baking sheet to a cooling rack to cool.

Makes about 60 crackers.

16 comments:

Kat said...

Those crackers look great. I did not know if we were the only ones who thought the WHO sounded, er, well, BAD. Is that the half time show you were refering to?

Mags said...

Kat: Thanks for commenting! And yeah, I was referring to the WHO and I agree with you.

Pam said...

The crackers sound fab. We have to cut The Who some slack, how old are they now?

June said...

Didn't watch the game - ya, I must have been one of the very few. I would have though if I'd been able to nosh on these crackers.

George Gaston said...

Mags... I love this recipe! Any thing that has pecans & cheddar cheese has to be good. I am definitely going to keep on hand for my next cocktail party.

Many thanks....

Susan said...

Those look and sound great! I was rooting for the underdogs last night. I watched maybe half of the game. My hubby and I thought The Who sounded, I'll be nice, off last night. Maybe they should retire! :)

Linda said...

I thought they did retire! Then they show up at halftime! whatever.
What are they the Bret Favre of rock?

Michelle said...

I bet your crackers were delicious! I make a similar savory thumbprint cookie that are gone about 20 minutes after coming out of the oven!

Moogie said...

Mags, your photos are super. Move over Steven Speilburg.

Cottage Cozy said...

Those are awesome....they look so professional!

Virginia bed and breakfast | Victorian inn bed and breakfast | Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

I love cracker!! I have two cracker recipes sitting on my counter just begging me to make them. I love homemade crackers, so little time with such great reward.

Best Regards,

Deeba PAB said...

On my list of crackers to make SOON!! Delicious!!

Medo said...

This is fantastic :))

Karen said...

I've always wanted to make crackers; I'd better get with it! WHO were those old men singing at half-time, anyway? ;)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your crackers look great! Beautiful. :)

Southern Cookbook said...

Those crackers look wonderful. I have never made crackers before homemade. I would like to attempt these. The kiddos love cheese crackers. Thanks.
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