Parmesan Thyme Cocktail Crackers

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Well, I think the holiday season is officially upon us. For some corporations people, the season has been breathing down our throats alive and kicking since the end of October, but I dislike getting involved in anything that smacks of the merry holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving. But, it’s now December, so here I am, merry spirit and jingling bells!

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All month long I’ll be sharing ideas appropriate for the season. Personally, I grew up celebrating Christmas, so in the spirit of write what you know, I’ll be sharing some recipes appropriate for Christmas dinner or brunch, but my hope is that most of them could be translated/adapted to a table for whichever holiday you celebrate.

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I’ll also be posting several ideas for the holiday cocktail parties! Because we all get invited to or host them all month long; sometimes we’re asked to bring a dish, other times we host it ourselves and do all the work. Either way, you have to make some food decisions, and I’m going to hook you up with elegant, delicious, small bites that would be perfectly at home in any seasonal cocktail party.

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Starting with these beautiful, amazing little crackers, perfect to nibble accompanied by a cocktail or glass of wine. They are about two bites each, require no utensils whatsoever, and your guests will go nuts for them. Elegant AND adorable, full of flavor, perfect chewy texture, and the pop of fresh thyme is really what makes these. I loved them, and hopefully you will too. Enjoy!

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Source: ever so slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

{One Year Ago: Pumpkin Ice Cream}

8 tbs (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 oz. (about 1 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
Up to ¼ cup water

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter for 1 minute. With the mixer on low speed, add the Parmesan, thyme, salt and pepper, and combine.
With the mixer still on low, add the flour a little at a time and combine until the mixture is in large crumbles. Slowly add the water, 1 tbs at a time, until the dough begins to come together.
Dump the dough on a floured cutting board, press it into a ball, and shape the ball into a 9-inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut the log into about ½-inch-thick rounds with a sharp knife. Place the rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Bake 17-22 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once halfway through. Cool and serve at room temperature.

2 responses to “Parmesan Thyme Cocktail Crackers

  1. You and Ina have good tastes! These would be wonderful at Holiday Best with the Tumbleweed Contessa. Hope to see you there.


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