Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cheese and Walnut Crackers~

Just a brief warning. These are like potato chips - you cannot eat just one. If you have a problem with that, just leave now - no hard feelings.


Here's a little treat for the adult tricksters, although I'm sure kids of all ages who enjoy nuts will enjoy these too. I used a combination of aged white and yellow cheddar cheeses in these. I also love the suggestion of using blue cheese and pecans as an alternate version - I'll be trying those next.

Crispy and delicious, these are great with cocktails or wine. The dough needs to be refrigerated before baking so this also makes it a perfect 'do ahead' recipe.


Cheddar and Walnut Crackers with Sea Salt
Adapted from Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen (Culinary Institute of America)
Printable Recipe

Yield: About 80-100 small crackers depending on diameter and thickness

4 oz/113 g butter
8 oz/227 g aged Cheddar cheese, grated
6 oz/170 g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp/3 g salt
1/4 tsp/1.5 g cayenne pepper (optional)
2 oz/57 g finely chopped walnuts
Sea salt for sprinkling over crackers

My note: The original recipes calls for 1 teaspoon of salt added to the cracker dough. I reduced that by half because I wanted to sprinkle a little sea salt on the cracker discs just before baking.

Cream the butter; add cheese and mix well. Add the flour and salt and mix well. Blend in the nuts.

Roll out into 3 logs, about 1 1/2 in/4 cm in diameter. Chill at least 1 hour.

Cut into slices 1/8 in/3 mm thick and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Bake at 350°F/175°C for about 8 to 10 minutes until crisp. (In my oven they needed a longer baking time - about 10-12 minutes)

Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. Serve within 3 days.

Variation: Blue Cheese and Pecan Crackers: Substitute an equal amount of blue cheese for the Cheddar and pecans for the walnuts.

56 comments:

  1. Semplicemente deliziosi!
    Un abbraccio da lontano ma, grazie alla nostra passione per la cucina, tanto vicino.
    A presto!

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  2. Wow, Susan, these sound delectable and melt-in-your-mouth gooood. And I mean gooood with the extra "oh's"!!!! Happy Halloween! xo

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  3. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I am saving it for the holidays.

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  4. I love the combination of the cheddar and walnuts, I'd love the pecan the blue, too! Love that bowl you have them displayed in, very pretty picture!

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  5. They sound divine, cheddar is awesome in crackers. This reminds me of some crackers I used to buy in NZ

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  6. Wow, Susan...these are going into my recipe book. Sounds good to eat! LOL. Hugs

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  7. Susan -- these sound and look FANTASTIC!! I love walnuts and am thinking the combo of blue cheese and walnuts would be to my liking :)

    Thanks for posting!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  8. Thanks for not having any hard feelings. I know this, I'll definitely be cruising around over here to help with my holiday menus!

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  9. The timing for these crackers could not be better! I am having a house full of 20 something young married couples in a week and a half and they are munchers! Boy will they LOVE these!
    Thanks!
    Yvonne

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  10. Hmmmmmmmmmm - wonderful - love the addition of walnuts - a lovely savory treat :)
    Mary x

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  11. mamma mia Susan devono essere buonissimi!!!!!!!!!!un abbraccio!

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  12. Mmmm! I'll have to give these a try. I like the idea of making the dough ahead of time. Maybe a good idea for my Thanksgiving menu! (I'm planning early this year!) Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    -Lynn

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  13. What a perfect recipe for the holidays. I will be making these to put out for Thanksgiving! Thank you.

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  14. I like the idea of the two cheeses that you used. These are an all time favorite of mine. I've enjoyed catching up with your posts that I missed while on vacation.

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  15. I'm loving these. I made something similar from the Barefoot Contessa and they were fabulous. Can't wait to try yours.
    Sam

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  16. These look wonderful, Susan! Of course, your photos just always draw me right in. You have such a knack for displaying food!!!

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  17. Ya gotta love a recipe that starts out with a warning... well, it is Halloween after all:@) They look great and sound amazing Susan, I'm all for grown up treats-enjoy!

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  18. I like this idea! Is it like a savory cookie or more like a cracker?

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  19. Here's the thing. Now that I made crackers again after many years... I love them... what was I thinking. They are 10,000 times better than storebought.

    Beautiful recipe with the cheese and the nuts... I can imagine they will be super addictive... and what's wrong with that... every once in a while!!

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  20. I made something similar several years ago for Christmas gifts. I think I am going to try these and take them to school. We love anything savory!

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  21. These look and sound wonderful! What a great treat for everyone! Yes, I'll definitely have a problem of stopping at eating just one of these cookies....but I'm so glad I read on. :P Definitely will make some of these goodies soon.

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  22. These look delicious and i know I would eat WAY too many.

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  23. Wow! The crackers look delicious! I love crackers!

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  24. Beautiful Susan, pinning and eating with my eyes only, thanks to your warning! Have a Happy Halloween.

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  25. This recipe makes me think I need to start pinning - but I'll just add it to my favorites for now!
    I love this sort of thing with a glass of very dry sherry in the afternoon, by the fire.

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  26. Can't wait to try these; I do prefer savoury to sweet when it comes to snacking. These really sound perfect.
    Rita

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  27. They sound to good not to try sometime - we've never made crackers before - at least on purpose.

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  28. cheddar and walnuts? Count me in please. That's a combo I can't turn down. Looks really good. This would be a great dish for dinner.

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  29. Yum! I can see how they are addictive! Aged cheddar and walnuts - how can you stop eating these?

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  30. Oh yum! These actually look just like these Rosemary-Romano Shortbread disks that I make. Those don't have nuts in them, but what a cool idea!

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  31. Thank you, all!

    LDH, I responded to you by email but it anyone else is interested, yes, they are more like a shortbread cookie in texture. You wouldn't be able to spread anything over these 'crackers' as they would break apart.

    And Pondside, I'm right there with you by the fire!

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  32. I love these types of crackers! Reminded of one I made from a Gourmet recipe, with blue cheese and pecans; what a treat~

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  33. Oh my! This does look addictive! Looks really good! I love shortbread and this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely Halloween weekend!

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  34. I think these would be an awesome addition to our T-Day appetizer tray!

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  35. You always come up with the classiest looking appies! I can see where they would be addictive.

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  36. You always come up with the classiest looking appies! I can see where they would be addictive.

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  37. These would definitely be an addiction! I can imagine they smell fantastic in the oven too.
    Gorgeous photos. I am pinning these lovelies.

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  38. I literally read your warning at the beginning of your post and almost left the page lol. I cannot feed my cheese addiction anymore.

    That being said, I would devour these

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  39. Oh I so could gobble these up! I bet the Blue Cheese & Pecan version is melt in your mouth too!

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  40. A great idea with a glass of Prosecco,thanks for sharing , a warm hug...

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  41. I love a little savory something to munch on when I have a nice glass of wine. The blue cheese and pecan version sounds delish as well. This is a wonderful little snack to have on hand during the holidays.

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  42. I love the opening..and I definitely stay for more! They look fabulous!

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  43. p.s The duchess potatoes can be made ahead and reheated.

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  44. I've always wanted to try homemade crackers!

    Happy Halloween!
    ~Rainey~ @ The Project Table

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  45. I do have that "can't eat just one" problem, but I couldn't follow instructions and leave the page. GOT to give these a try. They sound wonderful.

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  46. Susan, I know my son will love these on Turkey Day!

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  47. Oh my, these sound too good ...lol...and I know I'd eat way too many of them if I made them!

    I have a fun give away on my blog, Susan. Come back for another visit!

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  48. These sound amazing and just packed with flavour for the chold in all of us this season.

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  49. These look and sound delicious...they almost look like shortbread...yummy!

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  50. I love making homemade crackers and this looks like an amazing recipe. I will definitely give these a try. Thanks so much for another awesome recipe.

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  51. I would, most likely, snack on these,all day. Hey, that would be a good idea.

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  52. I have a couple recipes like this and love them! One was made with stilton and they were a bit hit last time I made them. I like yours with walnuts.... and also like the fact you can stick a roll or two of them in the freezer, ready for unexpected company. Great for the holidays.

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  53. They sound wonderful, perfect for the holidays!

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  54. Sometimes I think I was a mouse in another life, because I could live solely on cheese, and its delicious byproducts, naturally.

    Susan, I am making these today. They are perfect for what I have in mind. Oh, the power of cheese!

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  55. I do enjoy making crackers especially if the recipe has cheese in it. I'm a cheese lover from way back. Yep, I'm blogging about this today.

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  56. These look so good!! What a yummy flavor combo.

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