Thursday, June 23, 2011

Parmesan Thyme Crackers

I have never cooked with fresh thyme before. Thanks to my husband's glowing green thumb, we have thyme growing next to the jasmine! "THYME" to look up some recipes! Below is a recipe adapted from Ina Garten for Parmesan and Thyme Crackers. Note, if you use freshly grated cheese you may not need to add the extra water or oil because freshly grated cheese will have more moisture than pre-grated cheese. These crackers are delicious as a snack, with a salad, or as an appetizer!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive: 30 minutes (aka clean up time)
Bake: 20-22 minutes x number of trays

Ingredients:
1/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons water (optional per note above)
grape seed oil (or olive oil, optional per note above)

Directions:

  1. Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until creamy. Add the Parmesan, flour, salt, water, thyme, and pepper and combine. Add a little oil if needs more moisture. The dough is at the right consistency when it starts forming a ball - not too crumbly and not too sticky!
  2. Dump the dough on a lightly floured board and roll into a 12-inch long log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Cut the log crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place the slices on a sheet pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. Should have golden brown speckles and fill your kitchen with an herby cheese scent!
  

1 comment:

  1. Nom nom nom! I've been looking for a good recipe, and I have tons of thyme to use up as well!

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