Cheese Snacks

Yeah, not such a great picture, okay. I challenge you to take a good picture of crackers. Lining them up on their edges might be visually interesting, sure, but I don’t have that much time on my hands.

I’ve previously mentioned my particular tastes as a child – no butter is one, no bland cheese another. I only liked very sharp cheeses. I was particular when it came to cheese snacks, too – I would eat regular Chee-tos, but not cheese curls or cheese puffs. They tasted different.

I still like sharp cheeses best.

Now, it’s not unusual for kids to be hypersensitive to tastes and textures like this – I had one cousin who, growing up, would eat only one kind – and I mean only one flavor of only one brand – of salad dressing. My aunt brought it with them when they traveled on at least a couple occasions.

Chee-tos were a particular favorite of mine, and I often look longingly at the 365 Cheese Curls (Seven servings? Ha!) when I walk by them, though I very seldom purchase them. It’s been a couple years. They taste like I remember Chee-tos tasting when I was small, something I can’t say for Cheez-Its, which I last had while working for Big Midwestern Cereal Company a few years ago. They tasted bland and uninteresting compared to how I remembered them as a kid. Maybe the formula had changed; maybe I had. I don’t know how I’d like regular Chee-tos now; the ingredients list seems to have expanded significantly from my memory, and I don’t really want to get involved with MSG and artificial color.

There’s no need to, though, if you’re feeling cheesy (sorry). About ten years ago, I found out about Che-Cri, rich, delicate puff pastry crackers from Holland that are made mostly of Gouda cheese and butter, with just enough flour to hold them together. I don’t currently have a source for them, which is probably for the better.

However, I do have a recipe for cheese pennies, which are the next best thing to Che-Cri, as you can make them at home. Though they’re not puff pastry, the ratio of cheese and butter to flour seems about the same as Che-Cri.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

1 stick butter
1/2 lb. sharp cheese
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
sesame seeds (optional)

Place all ingredients except sesame seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Process, pulsing, until the mixture comes together. Remove from bowl and form into logs of 1 in. diameter. Roll in sesame seeds. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut 1/4 in. pennies and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Little space is needed if the logs are properly chilled – they will not spread far. Bake until lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes, watching carefully.

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3 Responses to Cheese Snacks

  1. Have you ever done celery greens with lemon juice and bay, also onions? I don’t boil my artichokes, I steam them in a microwave corningware……..anyway, you should add an rss feed to your blog, which I love to pieces.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I love celery greens – with anything. Were you suggesting them with artichokes? I can see steaming an artichoke nestled in a bed of celery greens, slivers of lemon zest and bay leaves; I’d anticipate a highly aromatic and pleasing result. I’ll have to give steaming another try – it always seems to take me forever to get a good result with artichokes.
    There are two waiting in the fridge right now, though.
    And ask and you shall receive – one feed added to the top left of the page! I had turned it on a while back but not placed the link. Works much better with the link active.

  3. sandie says:

    I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE “CHEESE PENNIES” RECIPE.I’VE SEARCH FOR HOURS AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND ALSO HAVE RECIPE BOOKS,CATALOGS,ETC…EVEN BOUGHT THE PUFF PASTRY AND TRIED THAT(IT FAILED)BUT WHILE LOOKING TO SEE IF I COULD FIND THE CHE-CRI CHEESE CRISPIES I RAN ACROSS YOUR SITE.YOUR RECIPE SEEMS SO SIMPLE,AWESOME,AND TO THE POINT.AND YES,I SEEM TO BE ADDICTED TO THE CHEESE STRAWS AND CAN GET THEM AT OUR FLEA MARKET FOR A BUCK,ALTHO THEY ARE 4 DOLLARS A BOX IN OUR GROCERY STORES.A CHEESE ADDICT HAS TO KNOW THEIR STUFF!GOD BLESS YOU!

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