Savory Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

by Kirsten on March 4, 2011 · 17 comments

in Sides, Starters, Starters & Sides

049 a 2 Savory Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

Last Saturday was our Front Range Food Bloggers second official get together. What a fun group of food interested Ladies we are. I thoroughly enjoy it, since I feel that they understand my passion for blogging, new recipes and food photography so well. And isn’t it always the most fun to share your enthusiasm with somebody that truly understands what you are talking about? Sure enough, we couldn’t get together without sharing some of our spectacular food. These Savory Parmesan and Thyme Crackers were my contribution to the buffet at the last event. I found them in Ina’s latest cookbook “back to basics”. They sparked my interest right away, since I wanted to bring some kind of a savory appetizer. The crackers are baked with Parmesan and fresh thyme in the dough. They are very light, but flavor intensive; just the right little snack together with a good olive or a glass of wine.

I have to tell you that I actually had to bake two batches since my kids ate the first one faster than I could stop them. They thought they were the perfect after school snack. Well, there you go.

So, no matter, kids or adults alike won’t be able to stop munching away on these savory Parmesan thyme crackers. They are unique and exquisite in taste. Don’t forget to serve them at your next get together!

043+a Savory Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

Ingredients:

*  1 stick (1/4 pound or 114 g) butter, at room temperature
*  4 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (don’t use anything else!!)
*  1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
*  1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
*  1/2 teaspoon salt
*  1 1/4 cups organic flour

Directions:

Cream the butter. You can use the kitchen machine with the paddle attachment or a hand held mixer like me. Add the Parmesan, thyme, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the flour and combine until large crumbles form. About 1 minute.

On a floured wooden board roll the dough into a 9 inch long log. Wrap the log in plastic foil and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven on Convection 350 F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon pad or parchment paper.

Cut the log in 24 equal slices that are 3/8 inch of thickness. Use a very sharp small kitchen knife.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Rotate the pan once during the baking time.

Cool the crackers and serve at room temperature. I served mine with Greek olives and a good red wine. Enjoy!

Adapted from my copy of Ina Garten’s newest cookbook “Back to Basics”.

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Susan March 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

These look so great…olives and red wine to go along with them….what could be better?

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sweetandsaucy March 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

These were really tasty! Doesn't Ina have the best recipes for entertaining? Love her.

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highplainsdrifters March 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Cool. I usually just score them with a pizza cutter, bake them as a sheet, then break them off into pieces. But yours look so much more presentable. Cheers!

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JelliDonut March 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

These are also really good with fresh rosemary. And you're right–only freshly grated parmesan will do!

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From Beyond My Kitchen Window March 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

These crackers look and sound delicious. I beat they went down quicker than candy.

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Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I am lucky. I had leftovers from our event. I did not share them with anyone. So there. :)

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Sally - My Custard Pie March 5, 2011 at 4:21 am

I've just grated a load of parmesan and have thyme in the garden…perfect timing. We have a group of food bloggers here in Dubai – what a great bunch they are too.

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scrambledhenfruit March 5, 2011 at 4:56 am

These look wonderful! These little crackers would be great as a snack or even with a nice hot bowl of soup. :)

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kitchen flavours March 5, 2011 at 5:56 am

These look really good! Love that is has thymes in it! Nice to hear that you had fun with your foodie friends. Have a lovely weekend!

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Lea Ann March 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I can't believe I didn't try one of these at the event. Thank you so much for posting the recipe as everyone was raving. I will be making these for a monthly wine tasting gather that we host for some friends. I love the first paragraph of this post! Perfect description of our new found group and the excitement of meeting other bloggers.

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Cooking Creation March 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

These look wonderful! How lucky are you to be able to gather with like-minded foodies?! I love this recipe and make it quite often.

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Karen Harris March 6, 2011 at 2:51 am

I can testify to the fact that these are great! I'm planning on making some of these and taking them to my daughter for her birthday. By the way, yes! you can definitely come with me next time I go charity shopping. How does next week look for you?

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Anna March 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

How gorgeous, these look absolutely delicious. The perfect accompaniment with an antipasto platter or perhaps charcuterie? Hmmm… Definatly going to include these on my next event. :)

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Chele March 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I've made these little babies too. They are pretty yum and not to mention a doddle to make. Look fab ;0)

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manu March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I often make these creackers, I love them!

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Kirsten April 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hey, hab die Cracker vor Kurzem nachgebacken und jetzt auch bei mir verbloggt: http://sugarandspice-foodblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/parmesan-thymian-kekse.html

Waren super lecker und kamen bei allen sehr gut an! Vielen Dank für das leckere Rezept, werden auf jeden Fall wieder gebacken :-) Leider hat sich jedoch der Teig bei mir etwas zickig verhalten und war extrem bröselig, aber mit einem Eigelb zusätzlich ließ sich alles regeln.

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