Great homemade cracker recipes?
My parents have all the material "stuff" they need. Mom asked for homemade gifts this year. She loves sweets, which I have covered, but Dad is more of a cracker/snacker. I made him a simple nut mix already, but would really love to do up some crackers for him to enjoy during all the college bowls. I have made the rosemary pecan nut thins (ala Trader Joe's, I guess) and while we all loved them, he didn't refill his plate. He is really simple in his tastes but loves those darn ritz pretzel flips. Can you suggest a recipe you've tried that was a hit (any variety s fine!)? Thank you!
By any chance does he like the taste of Parmesan cheese? If so, These Parmesan Crisps are so easy to make. Very cheesy and go well with dips and such. I love them on their own.
One ingredient - Fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Grate it on the larger hole size of a grater. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Preheat oven to either 350 or 375 degrees (Test a batch you'll see which works better. Mine does well with 375).
Just to get a nice round shape, place a tablespoon of cheese in some kind of ring thing as a mold- I've used a rubber bracelet. I've also cut the top off a paper cup.
Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Take them out of the oven and lift the sheet of parchment off and let cool for a minute. Then the crisps should pop off when you put your fingers underneath and press up. Finish cooling on a rack and store in a sealed container.
Variation: You can add cayenne, or black pepper, or garlic/onion powder and such. I like them with cheese only, but that's just my personal taste.
Here are some photos showing how I make them:
These are a holiday stand-by at my house
I also do something like the rosemary crackers linked above when I want something sturdy for chnuky dips, except I use EVOO and a portion of the flour whole wheat. Nigella, poppy or sesame seeds are a good alternative to rosemary, too.