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Apr 6, 2013 02:36 PM

Favorite crackers to serve with cheese

Someone in the Manchego thread just mentioned water crackers. Now, no offense intended, but I think water crackers are awful. And yet, I prefer a neutral cracker (no herbs or seeds) with cheese, so I'm always on the lookout for the perfect cracker and I think I've found it: the pita bites crackers at Trader Joe's.

What are your favorites? Do you like different crackers with different cheeses or types of cheeses?

How about bread or toast? My local bakery makes a currant walnut bread that is divine with blue cheese.

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  1. Triscuits and Stoned Wheat Thins are the best in my opinion.

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    1. My favorites for a good, stand-alone cheese are thin, unflavored (and unsalted ) crispbread crackers.

      1. I don't like water crackers either.
        For soft cheeses or blue cheeses I like Fudges Charcoal and Oat and Walnut Crackers.
        For cheddar/Comte type cheeses I like Carrs Melts or Dr Kargs crispbreads.

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        1. re: Paprikaboy

          I've never heard of the Fudges brand before (I just hit their website). Carr's I've enjoyed but not with cheese. I have a bit of a phobia for crispbreads (break a tooth woes) so are they very hard?

          1. re: HillJ

            You have not had a real crispbread cracker. A toothless septuagenarian could gum them down.

            1. re: Veggo

              LOL, oh I'm wondered how hard they are...some crackers are like cement...including crackers labeled crispbread.

              1. re: HillJ

                Go for the thinner than a dime, feather light naturals.

        2. To be truthful I tend to eat my cheese out of hand.

          While I'm not really big on bread with cheese, I do like a strong, soft-ripened cheese slathered on a sourdough baguette. Milder soft cheeses are better on crackers.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I eat my cheese out of hand, too, Ruth. And I'm just as likely to have olives or cornichons with it.

          2. The new brown rice Triscuit has my attention. For parties, I tend to put few diff crackers & breads out together; but my preference is a crusty or toasted bread over crackers. I find crackers a tad oily and cheese has enough cream or "glide" without a cracker for my taste.

            So on the cracker I go with Triscuit, Melba toast or toasted mini rye (which I treat like a cracker). Some of the water crackers (like the black pepper) are okay. But nothing that competes with the cheese, please :)