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can anyone recommend a really tasty cracker to have with cheese, i've tried the usual suspects, triscuits, and flat breads like ryvita etc.., i like them both but looking to try something different, nothing to expensive or fru fru though

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  1. I really like lavash crackers, especially because as I make them, I can change the toppings. I bet this will get more responses in the home cooking section though, but what about crisp breads broken up (like from IKEA) or matza as a change of pace.

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    1. re: raidar

      crap iv was just at ikea yesterday and nothing really caught my eye, never seen the lavash , i like the bread though

      1. re: vandan

        Does it have to be a "cracker"? (ie hard and crispy?).

        If not: then homemade mini scones, grisini, banana or pumpkin bread (especially with nice aged cheddars.....trust me), sliced baguette, etc will work.

        1. re: fmed

          great suggestions, but yes i was looking to expand my cracker options, a little side by side cracker and cheese comparison tasting is something i look forward to

          1. re: vandan

            These might be a little on the pricy side for you, but La Panzanella croccantini can be found at Les Amis and they are great. I personally prefer baguette as I find it to be more of a neutral carrier for whatever cheeses I'm having.

            1. re: peter.v

              i do really enjoy baguette as well, haven't bought forever,for future reference where would you suggest for a good one?

              1. re: vandan

                Hmm, that's a good question. I've bought baguette at Les Amis that was quite good. La Baguette et l'Echalote on Granville Island does a good one too. Surprisingly, Superstore's baguette (the premium one in the French flag-esque paper bag if I remember right) is very good too.

                I feel like I'm either forgetting spots or I don't buy bread enough... someone else should have more recommendations.

                1. re: peter.v

                  I really like half-baked baguettes (the ones that you put into the oven for about 10 mins). You can get them in the frozen section at most supermarkets.

              2. re: peter.v

                Carr's Table Water Crackers are my go-to neutral base for cheese.

                  1. re: vandan

                    It's a pretty common item at the big supermarkets. I can get it at the Super Valu at 1st and Commercial. It is dry and floury by itself...but great with cheese (and other toppings).

                    1. re: fmed

                      But you know....go to Les Amis. They will steer you in the right direction.

                      1. re: fmed

                        Carr's are a good call but just the water biscuits -- they changed their "selection for cheeses" assortment two years ago and it is not good value or taste anymore IMO. For everyday cheese snorfling, I like Finn Crisp original rye (red and white pkg, round) very much -- nicer than Rye Vita for sure -- a bit heartier than your average bikky but still fairly neutral as peter and fmed note. You really want to avoid anything with nuts, added salt, seeds, or flavourings (I find Triscuits too textured and salty for most cheeses). The one exception to the seed rule is a gluten-free cracker from Mary's that I often serve when doing wine and cheese events to cater to celiacs -- I've actually started buying it for myself when it's on sale at London Drugs (but only the plain original flavour). When I worked at Forster's Cheese in Kerrisdale, we sold a lot of Paris Toasts (you can't get much more neutral than thick melbas, can you?) but like peter I prefer thin slices of baguette, My favourite comes from Terra as the crumb and crust are a mite chewy and it freezes really well for those unforeseen cheese eating emergencies :-). I heart cheese.

                        1. re: grayelf

                          Best line ever: "unforeseen cheese eating emergencies"

                          And good advice as well. :)

      2. I'm not sure what 'fru fru' is to you. I really like raincoast crisps. They are crackers but quite dark, crispy and fresh (never had a stale tasting one). The flavors go well with a lot of cheeses. I like cranberry/hazelnut, fig/olive, date/almond.. check it out. I'm not sure where you are, but there is a store locator. I buy them at my local grocery store in Calgary but I believe they are made in Vancouver.

        http://lesleystowe.com/raincoastcrisp...

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        1. re: TSAW

          yes i have tried them but not with cheese, i think perhaps something more neutral is what i'm looking for

          1. re: vandan

            The Raincoast crisps are tasty but expensive and I do find that the flavours/additions can clash with certain cheeses. The fruity ones are pretty good with double and triple cremes though, and I usually splurge on a box or two for cheese-centric gatherings to add some variety.

            I just thought of another exception to the "no nuts" guideline -- the walnut bread at Terra. It is phenomenal with blues and surface ripened cheeses like brie, and provides a sweet counterpoint for harder more assertive cheeses also; a nice addition to (not substitution for) baguettes.

            1. re: grayelf

              personally i kinda find raincoasts are way more about the crackers on their own than as an accompaniment

              1. re: vandan

                Costco carries a different brand of crackers that are similar to the Raincoast Crisps called Diva's Delightful Crisps. They're much more affordable and I like that they're not as hard as the RC version. They only pair well with mild cheeses though, I suspect, because of the fruits/nuts in them. Haven't done enough experimenting though yet.

        2. Tuk's are good but while they used to be available at Safeway I didn't see them when I made a cursory glance at the cracker aisle this week. They are usually hidden on a top shelf which can be the next step to being discontinued.

          They are smooth and buttery. Very neutral. I wish they were a little smaller but they are tasty.

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          1. re: sharonanne

            I didn't know Tuc's still existed! We used to have them as kids but I recall them being very salty, as well as buttery. I take it they have changed.

            1. re: grayelf

              Thanks for correcting my spelling.
              "I take it they have changed."
              or perhaps our palates are different. <shrug>

              1. re: sharonanne

                Good point. Now I'm keen to find them again, as the other thing we used them for was as part of a crunchy topping for things like macaroni and cheese and a parsnip and carrot casserole we only make at Xmas -- best cracker ever for that application :-).

                1. re: grayelf

                  They're far from a gourmet cracker but the OP seemed to be looking for something neutral so I thought they might be worth trying. I haven't noticed the salt but it would be hard for anything to overcome the strong blue cheese I like. I once had a Dean and Delucca cheese clerk question if I could handle their strongest blue but it was the best thing I had ever had. Wish I had kept the label.

                  I do like the texture of Tuc crackers, crisp without being hard. I like raincoast too but that's the other end of the spectrum.

          2. My go to cracker is Jacob's Cream Crackers.

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            1. re: Hart50

              That's another excellent neutral cracker. Very similar to Carr's Table Water Crackers.

              1. re: fmed

                Another thought: President's Choice Assorted Biscuits for cheese. Mum's been getting them for her Boxing Day open house (which features cheeses selected by yours truly) for the last couple of years and they are pretty good...

                1. re: grayelf

                  i was at superstore today and did notice the assorted pc box, and also a pc knockoff of the cars (except they are square), the pc blue menu wheat ones looked like they may be good, and i gotta tell ya i was sure craving triscuits, but the low sodium ones as the regular are waay too salty for me, does anyone actually eat cheese with rice crackers??they are kinda tasty after all

                  1. re: vandan

                    I'm not a fan of triscuits (too salty and gritty) and rice cakes (strangely foamy in texture) with cheese. I tend to stick to Carr's and baguettes (or similar)...sometimes some grisini.

                    I know this isn't a cracker...but have you ever tried membrillo (quince paste) in your cheese plate? Great match with many cheeses (especially Spanish aged hard cheeses). You can get it at El Sureno and other places on the Drive.

                    1. re: fmed

                      will have a look for the membrillo, kind of sounds like it might be on the sweeter side, no?

                      1. re: vandan

                        Sweet - but just so. It is a classic combo with Machengo.

                    2. re: vandan

                      I've eaten rice crackers with cheese (due to another person needing gluten-free options). It's definitely not ideal. I preferred using the rice crackers for dips and hummus, or eating them on their own.

              2. Lots of good suggestions. Baguette is the best but I also love oat cakes. Is that what they're called? They are slightly sweet but they have neat texture, good with the sharper hard cheeses but also with the gooey ones. I think they are in most cracker aisles in plaid boxes.

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                1. re: waver

                  Gah, oat cakes with mascarpone torta -- you will think your tongue has died and gone to heaven. Even better was with the Hovis biscuits Carr's used to include in their formely good assorted boxes. Drool.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Ooooh, I need to know more about this mascarpone torta and where to get it.

                    1. re: waver

                      Les Amis usually has it. It is layers of mascarpone and dolcelatte gorgonzola. I wish to be buried in it when I leave this mortal coil :-).

                2. WOW! Never in my life would I have thought I would see so many replies about "crackers"!!!!!!!!!!...kiss/hugs/happy holidays & - thanks for all my never ending food knowledge from you all here on chowhound!

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                    1. re: vandan

                      Finn Crisps!! They are an amazing rye cracker, neutral in flavor, crispy. They deliver the flavor of the cheese and any compote you would like to put together. Best with a soft cheese. Unreal with salmon gravlax. You can buy them at Sobey's, both of the Farmers markets carry them, red package, original flavor. $3-$4. I've tried rain coast crisps -too flavorful. Carr's always seem stale to me. Happy shopping!

                      1. re: calgarydiner00

                        If you can find the plain flavour round rice crackers, they are an okay alternative for the gluten-avoidant but they tend to be salty. I think rice cakes would just be scary :-).

                        Membrillo is a good suggestion but I must say I prefer a lovely fig and walnut preserve made locally by Vista d'Oro with my cheeses. I always have a jar of this on hand (see previously mentioned cheese emergencies) and it keeps for ages as it is basically a jam. Or a really great clear honey, perhaps with a flowery note. I went through a phase of enjoying onion confit with certain cheeses but I'm over that now. Les Amis has a good selection of condiments that go well with cheese, including all the ones mentioned, on their north wall. Lots of them are in wee containers so you can have a try without investing a ton of $. Oh and don't forget the tiny bulk cornichons for some tang. And speaking of tang, pickled beets are another thing we eat a lot of with cheese. Sounds weird but yum! Another place that is worth checking out for such items is Edible BC on Granville Island.

                  1. I was at the big Bosa this morning...and the "free sample" theme today seems to be crackers and cheese periphera. Free samples of crackers, baguette, bread sticks, etc. Check it out if you are in the hood! (They have a pretty extensive selection of crackers across the deli section).

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                    1. re: fmed

                      i take it you mean the Kootenay location because of the free samples?

                      1. re: vandan

                        Yes. I call the Kootenay location the "big" Bosa and the Victoria Dr location the "little" Bosa.

                        1. re: fmed

                          of course, didn't even notice that you mentioned 'big'

                    2. If you are looking for different but good, Wisecrackers makes artisan style crackers which are tasty, low fat, and good bang for the buck (Costco, Gourmet Warehouse, and Meinhardts carry them). They come with choice of rosemary seasoning or olive seasoning. Nicely flavoured but subtle enough to not overwhelm more delicate cheeses.

                      1. I also like lavash. I have only seen it in Winnipeg, or perhaps, I haven't seen the Winnipeg style elsewhere. I am now making them at home myself, too. Easy to make. Cheap. And neutral but tasty. I break them up into smaller pieces and like the rustic look. I have a recipe on my blog.

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                        1. re: sarah galvin

                          I know I keep steering the OP away from his requested crackers but just one more bread idea (sorry!): the peasant loaf from Transilvania Bakery. It is like a rye cracker in bread form, keeps for ages at room temp and keeps till h*ll freezes over in the deep freeze. Had some for lunch today with aged asiago, nostrala and Roquefort plus some sliced meats and pickled beets. Great hearty snack!

                        2. so i ended up buying the finn crisp crackers bought the multigrain instead of regular, great flavour and texture, just a little on the big side for my preference and bought some triscuits, i know alot of ppl are not fans , but i sure am , the 61% less sodium , really like that texture but ironically they were in need of more salt, i guess i also realized that carr's and jacob's are too neutral for my tastes

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                          1. re: vandan

                            Thanks for the update vandan. Sounds like a continuing journey for sure. I'll lose my cred here and add my support for triscuits too. For some reason, I enjoy the meatiness..and I just discovered triangle versions. Delish!

                            1. re: raidar

                              hehehe...triscuits & stoned wheat thins are what you find in my cupboard for crackers...period.

                              1. re: ck1234

                                haha i love it trisciuts lovers "outing" themselves, they are kind of ghetto, maybe thats part of the appeal....

                                1. re: vandan

                                  I always have a box of the Triscuit triangles for dipping in things like humous (okay, and maybe with the odd bit of cheese, but I'll deny it!)

                                  1. re: vandan

                                    Whoa whoa whoa. Triscuits are kind of ghetto? I know I didn't mention my love for them when I first posted, but they are some of the best crackers in the cracker section of your average grocery store. That and Breton crackers. Oh man. But ghetto?

                                    1. re: peter.v

                                      It doesn't become ghetto until you serve it with Cheez Whiz :-P

                                      1. re: fmed

                                        or la vache qui rit( the laughing cow) "cheese"

                                        1. re: vandan

                                          oooh la vache qui rit is my favourite guilty pleasure cheese

                                        2. re: fmed

                                          Watch out now fmed. Their will be some sort of whipped gourmet cheese appearing on triscuits in no time. :)

                                            1. re: ck1234

                                              I've always thought it would be fun to have a Trailer Park themed Christmas party...but even Triscuits are too high-brow. I'm thinking maybe Ritz with the Spray Cheese? Pairs wonderfully with Pabst Blue Ribbon.

                                              1. re: fmed

                                                Oh definitely, I agree Triscuits are way too high-brow for that. Yet, you still need to have a few choices, so maybe; spray cheese and a cheeze whiz cheese-ball rolled in cracker crumbs (although, I don't know how you would form it). That way, you can be adventurous with your tastes.

                                                1. re: fmed

                                                  Check this out! Too funny...velveeta dip with spam does it for me!

                                                  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/ind...

                                                    1. re: fmed

                                                      My fave line in a song, is by MB20, which is "I'm same old trailer trash in new shoes"...so thanks, fmed, now you've outed me on Chowhound! :-)

                                                      1. re: ck1234

                                                        A true 'hound embraces their inner trash. I know I do. :-)

                                          1. re: peter.v

                                            haha i just meant they are the ultimate pedestrian, "every man" , non food- snob, yet tasty as hell cracker that you aren't necessarily supposed to admit to liking :)

                                        3. re: ck1234

                                          I think you are in my cupboard right now ck1234!!

                                    2. Stoned Wheat Thins, not "wheat thins", but the Nabisco Stoned Wheat cracker are good for a neutral base. They make regular and mini.

                                      1. was @ superstore today and they had a sampling and coupon for triscuits, picked up a box of the rosemary and olive oil, very good, will go great with the triple cream brie i had in the fridge awaiting the right cracker

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                                        1. re: vandan

                                          I bought the cracked pepper & olive oil triscuits today. Haven't tried them yet.

                                          1. re: ck1234

                                            they were on sample today,i think you will enjoy

                                        2. I'm too lazy to read the whole thread and see if someone already suggested this, but I like Kavli crackers in the garlic or onion flavours. The onion is better but I'm not sure they make it anymore. They're all hard to find, although Sobey's usually has them and Safeway occasionally does (in the deli section in Safeway). They're a flatbread, though.