Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ina Gartner's Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

Well, that was a nice little blogging vacation!  Hadn't really planned it but life got a tad over busy (including the eldest daughter returning from Guatemala and moving into our 700 sq foot apartment with Michael, Bear and myself).  All I can say is thank goodness for the backyard which makes this place seem larger.

I have been invited to join a group called the Hens and tomorrow afternoon is the first get together.  Apparently this group (which I knew nothing about) is a group of ladies who are devoted to cooking.  Tomorrows get together is going to be cheese, appetizers, fondue and wine.  Everyone brings something  or makes something...usually nothing store bought is allowed (except for things like the wine and cheese).  I know nothing about cheeses (so this should be a great learning experience) and to make up for my lack of knowledge we are going to make and bring crackers.  Little did I know there were tons of recipes on the web for crackers!  I am going to make two different types (possibly a third one if there is enough time) and this morning the first one was baked!  These taste like savory shortbread and are kind of tender...

Parmesan and Thyme Crackers on the Food Network


  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until creamy. Add the Parmesan, flour, salt, thyme and pepper and combine.
Dump the dough on a lightly floured board and roll into a 13-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.
Cut the log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices. Place the slices on a sheet pan and bake for 22 minutes.


  1. those sound delicious!! Let me know how they turn out.

    Great places for cheese: Avondale Wine & Cheese, Harris Teeter and Earth Fare. Enjoy!!

    1. Three of my favorite places! I think you need to move down to my end of the world!

  2. sounds like you have Trader Joes there???
    thanks for sharing the recipe...
    enjoy the cozy living...I'm right there with ya sister...

    1. It was a ton of fun, the next one is on Valentines Day, we will see if I can make it! We have Trader Joe's here but its alllllllll the way in Mount Pleasant (a whole 15 minute drive).

  3. How did they turn out? I love crackers!

    1. They turned out great! They are kind of like a savory shortbread cookie and...I brought home none of them so....You have to try the recipe (or have your personal chef try it). They really weren't hard to make at all and certainly worth the time!

  4. Great, I will try them! Hard to go wrong with Ina Gartner, actually...I don't like thyme, though, so perhaps a bit of rosemary instead. And my personal chef is not a baker, just a chef--I'm the baker in the family (also dish washer)!

    1. Let me know how you like them, the rosemary sounds great and I would like to try it next!