Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Parmesan Thyme Crackers

I feel like every food blogger who has picked up Ina Garten's new book has made this recipe. Well of course I had to jump on the bandwagon! Over the weekend, I went to a (very long) birthday party and I made these crackers to add to the munchies table. I also made the POM Cheesecake, but I was a little less successful with the topping which was a little runny and leaked on me in the car ride over. The only other crackers I have made are the ones I did for my first Daring Bakers challenge and this was a completely different cracker. They are buttery and flavorful and sooooo good! I mean, this is just getting ridiculous. Does Ina ever make a bad recipe? These are really simple too and I am sure extra dough freezes well so go ahead and make a double batch! Oh, random question, but if any of you have Blogger expertise and can tell me how to make an "About Me" section, I will love you to pieces! And PS, did you notice that those chicks on The Hills went to Lemonade on last night's ep, and they went to Palihouse where I had my birthday...yes, I am still watching The Hills, please don't judge. The "reality" may be laughable, but at least they have good taste in lunch and drink spots!

Don't forget about that giveaway and the discount on Delight.com!

Parmesan Thyme Crackers
(From Ina Garten)

1 stick butter at room temperature
4 ounces grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cup flour

With an electric mixer, cream the butter for 1 minute. The mixer should be on low speed as you add the cheese, thyme, salt and pepper. Once combined, add the flour and continue to mix until the dough is in large crumbles, should take about 1 minute more. You can add 1 teaspoon of water if it's too dry.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and press it into a smooth ball. Roll into a 9" log and wrap the log in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 days.

Oven preheated to 350. Cut the log into 3/8" rounds with a sharp knife and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 22 minutes until lightly golden brown. Cool on racks and serve.

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Erica said...

I can't wait to get my mixer back- I want to make this!

Diana said...

Those look soooo good! I'm definitely printing this recipe to make while I'm at home for the holidays -- my family is sort of sessed with cheese and crackers! :)

I'm sooo behind on the Hills. I need to watch four episodes to get caught up! How is Lemonade? I've been meaning to check it out!

vanillasugarblog said...

Oh that is weird that we made cheese crackers at the same time. Cheese-a-holics obviously.

Esi said...

Erica - I hope you get your mixer back soon!

Diana - I love Lemonade, although it's been a while since I have been. Since it's right by me, I feel like I can just go whenever, but I always have something else to do. It's kind of like a cafeteria, but there are so many options and they are all good.

Dawn - We may need to check ourselves in to cheese a-holics anonymous.

Heather said...

ohhh. i love parmesan. and i'm big into thyme right now. these look great. i'm away on a business trip now, and am seriously missing my kitchen!

The Food Librarian said...

These look fantastic! And don't apologize for The Hills. The lighting on that show makes all their blond hair just glitter like a holiday ornament...I don't know how they do that. And sometimes I think they airbrush their faces to make them blemish free, but then I remember they are just so young. :)

Kana said...

Great to have and to give! I really like her recipes, tasty and it always turns out tasty.

Reeni said...

They look wonderful! I never made crackers. I am so in love with thyme right now for some odd reason. To make an 'about me' go to layout and add a gadget, you should find it there.

Reeni said...

I feel so silly, I see that you found it now!

Esi said...

Heather - I hope you make it back to your kitchen soon!

Food Librarian - I literally can't stop watching The Hills even though I know that it is so fake. It's like a wonderful train wreck, and I think you're right and they airbrush the final show. Have you ever noticed that Heidi always has 18 pounds of makeup on these days?

Maya - you're right! Everything that Ina makes is incredible.

Thanks Reeni! I actually mean a separate tab that isn't my Blogger profile. I haven't been able to figure it out. :)

Dee said...

Hi Esi! You've been cooking up an amazing storm here :) The crackers sound great - would you believe I've never attmepted my own?

I wish I could help with the About Me section, but I can't even get my photo up :( Good luck!

If I don't stop by soon enough, have a brilliant xmas!

Anonymous said...

That does look like a super easy recipe! I may just have to try it soon.

Summer said...

They look amazing. I tried to make these and the dough would not come together for me. Even after refrigeration overnight they were a disaster. I'll have to try again.

Anonymous said...

My crackers are in the oven! It's a long 22 imnutes.....

Esi said...

Anonymous, I hoped they turned out well!!