We have some great cooks in our family.
We like to try new recipes and tweak the old ones.
We're always asking each other, "Can I have your recipe?"
So we created a place to share the recipes that others ask for, the experiments that turn out well or the recipes that we fall back on because they're quick and yummy. Some of these recipes are original, some are gleaned from friends and some are blatantly copied from other sources.
All of them have been tested and found delicious.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Parmesan Thyme Crackers

These crackers are like a delicious savory shortbread - perfect with a glass of wine before dinner, or served with luncheon salads.  They can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 6 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before slicing and baking. They also last for several days after they are baked if you keep them in an airtight container.

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces (about 1 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 1 minute.  with the mixer on low speed, add the Parmesan, thyme, salt and pepper and combine.  With the mixer still on low, add the flour and combine until the mixture is in large crumbles, about 1 minute.  If the dough is too dry, add 1 teaspoon water.
Dump the dough onto a floured board, press it into a ball and roll into a 9-inch log.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the log into 3/8-inch rounds with a sharp knife and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 22 minutes, until very lightly browned.  Rotate the pan once during baking.  Cool and serve at room temperaure (if they are too warm they taste kind of gummy - they crisp up and have the texture of shorbread once they are cool).

Makes 24

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