Friday, April 4, 2014

Parmesan & Thyme Crackers for #InaFriday

Cheese and crackers are always a hit for appetizers before dinner.  Ina combines the two in a savory, delicious cracker that is the perfect small bite with a glass of wine or champagne.  You can make the roll ahead and freeze for up to 6 months.
1/4 lb. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
1 tsp. minced thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1-1/4 cups 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 tsp. 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 for up to 4 days.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut the log into 3/8-inch rounds with a small, sharp knife and place them on a sheet plan lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 22 minutes, until lightly browned.  Cool and serve at room temperature.
Here are a few of my blogger friends that also have First Friday recipes.
~Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics
*If frozen, defrost overnight in the refrigerator and then slice and bake.


  1. I never think to make things ahead of time and freeze them! Clever. These sound really good. I wish I had a batch for tonight. I made deviled eggs for us, but they are not too good for sharing. The crackers sound like they would go great with a before dinner drink.

  2. I've seen Ina make these on her show for one of her parties. They sound so good. I absolutely love crackers but have never made them at home. I'll have to change that!

  3. I've made these, they're fabulous! Always a big hit when I serve them

  4. I thought about making this recipe! Do the crackers turn out crunchy? When I made cheese straws at Christmas, I had to bake them a surprisingly long time to get them crunchy. These ones sure look good!

  5. I saw those crackers and almost made them but I went with the watermelon monitor instead. Things that you can pull out of the freezer are great to have on hand.


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