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Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers

November 4, 2011

As I type, there is a quintet of kitchen pots doing double duty as drip catchers in my family room.  I wouldn’t mind so much a drip…drip…drip, a slow harmony but last night’s rain has produced a fast, furious drum beat, a constant downpour in my home.  My husband has just discovered that the roofers stacked the roofing material in one spot, in such a way that the rain funneled directly through the most vulnerable part of the roof. So far, no serious damage has been done–artwork, electronics, and wood flooring (and don’t forget, my cookbooks!) are still intact but the day is young.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

At least I have some good things to share from my kitchen.  You might remember the Sea Salt and Pepper Crackers I made earlier this year.  After that successful first attempt at making crackers, I was determined to have another go with a different flavor combination.  My friend Roxana at A Little Bit of Everything actually beat me to it and created her own variations out of the base recipe with much success.  Her cinnamon-sugar combination is on my list to try but my heart has been set on a cheese-herb duo since that first time.

These were just as simple to prepare as the salt and pepper crackers.  In my excitement to pop the finished product in my mouth, I forgot to add the chopped rosemary in the food processor.  Instead, and I think this worked out better, I sprinkled the chopped herbs on the dough as I kneaded it.  The finished crackers were fragrant from the fresh rosemary.  I was conservative with the grated Parmigiano but you can taste it as a secondary note after the rosemary.  Again, these were such fun to make (and even better to eat); wine o’clock arrived early in my home that day.

Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers

* Original Recipe here with my adjustments below:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigian0-Reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, plus more for sprinkling before baking
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
* I baked these at lower temperature.  Instead of 450 degrees, I baked these at 415 degrees.
* Add the cheese at the same time you pulse the flour, sugar and salt.
* Sprinkle the chopped rosemary on the dough as you knead it.  Don’t add the entire tablespoon all at once, add as you knead and the herbs will be distributed evenly.
31 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    Wow, these look delicious!

  2. November 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    Oooh! What fabulous flavoured crackers! Love your presentation…have bookmarked these 🙂

  3. susan permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:48 AM

    they sound really good, and i love your expression “wine o’clock!” i will definitely make these very soon, like tonight!

  4. November 4, 2011 10:53 AM

    Oh my gosh, those look so good–buzzed!

  5. November 4, 2011 11:51 AM

    Yum! I made some homemade cheese nibs this summer and am now hooked on homemade crackers. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. November 4, 2011 12:18 PM

    These look amazing! I haven’t tackled homebaked crackers yet, but I think this recipe might just be the kick in the pants I need to try it out. I love me some fresh rosemary. 🙂

  7. November 4, 2011 4:13 PM

    Your crackers look like they came out of a professional bakery! WOW! Bet they taste much much better than commercial ones however!

  8. November 4, 2011 6:56 PM

    Oh, these must taste fabulous!!! And they also look so crisp and delcious~

  9. November 4, 2011 8:18 PM

    Jean – these look just DIVINE! I am making these very soon. Love your photos too! Have a great weekend!!!!!

  10. November 4, 2011 8:59 PM

    Wonderful photography! Your arrangement with a carafe of wine, the pear, and rosemary sprigs is absolutely gorgeous. Brava!

  11. November 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    Have to try baking crackers! They look soo good!

  12. November 5, 2011 7:06 AM

    These look great, and the concept of wine o’clock strikes my fancy! Tasty nibbles and wine, great for an evening chatting with friends. Thanks for the inspiration! Mar

  13. November 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    These look great! Beautiful photos!

  14. November 5, 2011 12:47 PM

    These look wonderful. I should have a project one weekend of making homemade crackers. I can only hope they will be as pretty as yours. Best of luck with the roof.

  15. November 5, 2011 7:47 PM

    These would be perfect for dipping in soups or topping with various toppings for holiday hors d’oeuvres.

  16. November 5, 2011 9:26 PM

    What beautiful crackers. Thank you for sharing another delightful recipe with me. I’m sipping on a cup of tea and will soon be dreaming savory dreams. Hugs and love from Austin!

  17. November 6, 2011 11:48 AM

    Oh no! I hope your roof gets fixed soon, we had issues with ours a while ago and it was right smack in the middle of a rainy period. 😦

  18. November 6, 2011 8:37 PM

    This sounds so good. I just was eating dip with store bought crackers. I can only imagine how much better it would have been with these.

    I’ll have to give these a try.

  19. November 7, 2011 10:28 AM

    Glad there’s no rain & water damages – there’s nothing quite like water damages, especially on books and wood!

    I’m trying these crackers asap! I adore rosemary and these crackers just look so delicate and packed with my fav flavors. Gonna go check out Roxanna’s too…

  20. November 7, 2011 12:25 PM

    I have never tried making crackers and Im not sure why. It seems like there is a magic to it that I am not sure of. These look beautiful, stunning and perfect (lol, and only adding fuel to the fire that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off!)

  21. November 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    These look amazing! I bet they’re incredible, definitely have to try this out.

  22. November 7, 2011 3:57 PM

    Just the kind of thing I’d be proud to bring to a holiday party. GREG

  23. November 9, 2011 7:07 AM

    Everything you make belongs in a magazine!

    I’ve never even considered making crackers, but I might have to for the holidays. It’s such a neat idea!

  24. November 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    These look delicious and perfect for on-the-go (which these days suffices for “I’m still home but haven’t had time to eat) 🙂 So good to see you this weekend, friend!

  25. November 9, 2011 9:57 PM

    Yes I remember your other cracker recipe. You really make very nice homemade crackers. It’s a perfect healthy snack and these days we drink soup a lot and I just can’t imagine having this together…. Jean, your photos are beautiful!

  26. Laura Kasavan permalink
    November 10, 2011 10:09 PM

    These look delicious! Love your photos too!

  27. November 11, 2011 10:18 AM

    I made crackers for the first time last night and couldn’t believe how easy it was! This is different from the recipe I used so I definitely will have to try it. They look delicious! Love the pics!

  28. November 11, 2011 1:59 PM

    Now I want some chowder to go with the crackers. I love this fall weather ;-).

  29. November 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    Looks delicious! And simple. Two adjectives I like 🙂

  30. November 15, 2011 4:45 PM

    Thanks for this post! I made this to accompany the clam chowder I made this weekend. I even got my toddler to help me roll and cut the crackers. Fun and tasty! Plus I saved some for our weekend cocktail and cheese time!


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