Who doesn’t love crackers?
Easy to buy from a store, but boring when you do. Here’s a great way to Do It Yourself when you’re prepping for holiday festivities. You can go the predictable cracker route, but I wanted to try something a little different. I found a couple recipes for crackers, but they mostly just called for cheesy flavors. I was inspired to create a cracker that would be more than just a bland slate for some sort of topping. I wanted my crackers to be the showpiece, so I came up with Cheesy Pumpkin Thyme Crackers.
In a food processor, mix together:
10 ounces of cheddar cheese
one cup butter
1 tsp thyme (fresh or dried)
tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 can pumpkin puree
Blend the ingredients listed above until smooth and then mix in:
3 1/2 cups flour (white, wheat or white whole wheat are all fine)
I found this mixture had warmed some from the mixing and so put it in the refrigerator for about thirty minutes to stiffen it up.
Roll the mixture with your hands in to a two inch thick roll. Wrap that in plastic and put it in the refrigerator again. After about 3-4 hours you should be able to slice the roll in to 1/4 inch slices. Lay these slices out on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. These crackers were less crispy than they would have been if I’d left out the pumpkin puree, but I think the color and flavor the puree gave them was worth it. I served them plain, but I think they would be good with some sort of creamy dip or cheese.