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Gluten-free Goat Cheese Garlic and Cheddar Herb Crackers

Gluten-free Goat Cheese Garlic and Cheddar Herb Crackers

As a dietitian I get asked all the time about gluten-free recipes and food ideas since so many people it seems, either are diagnosed with Celiac Sprue or have developed wheat or wheat-related allergies.  One of the great things about food from different parts of the world, especially South Asia is that a variety of non-wheat based flours are used in cooking.  In any Indian, Bengali or Pakistani grocery store you will find “Besan” which is chickpea flour, split gram flour (a type of lentil), rice flours, potato flour and a myriad of other flours.  They are routinely used for everyday cooking in a variety of ways.  They are much less expensive to buy at an ethnic store than at a “specialty” or “health-food”  store. Not only are these delicious but they add a depth of nutritional content that is not found in traditional processed all-purpose wheat flour.  One of the complaints I hear about those having to go gluten-free is the lack of breads and crackers that taste delicious.  I recently made some homemade Thyme and Rosemary crackers http://kolpona.com/2012/03/21/thyme-and-rosemary-edam-crackers/ and decided that I could make a variation of that using non-wheat flour and the results were truly, truly delicious.  The rice flour adds a crunch to these crackers that make them so addictive that I must confess I ate most of the crackers by myself.  It was a little embarrassing.

Ingredients at a glance

Cream the butter and add the herbs, garlic and cheeses

Roll the dough into a log and wrap with plastic wrap - refrigerate at least 30 minutes

Slice refrigerated dough into 1/8 inch slices

Place about 1 inch apart on a parchment or silpat lined pan

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees

Here’s the recipe:

Gluten-free Goat Cheese Garlic and Cheddar Herb Crackers

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1/3 cup of goat cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1  tsp dried dill

1 tsp dried thyme

1 whole clove garlic, pressed through garlic press

1 cup rice flour

1/4 cup chickpea flour (Besan)

1-2 tsp water (use only if the dough is not coming together)

In a medium-sized bowl cream butter with an electric mixer.  Add in herbs, garlic and cheese and continue mixing until well incorporated.  Slowly add in both the chickpea and the rice flour, add the water if needed for the dough to come together.  I did not add any salt to this recipe since goat cheese is pretty salty.  You can add some kosher salt to taste if you’d prefer. Roll into about a 9″ log and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and cut the log into 1/8 to 3/8 inch rounds with a sharp knife.  Place on a parchment or silpat  lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a cooling rack before serving.  Makes about 24-28 crackers but you can tell others it only makes 6 (which is what I had to do because I ate most of them myself)

Thyme and Rosemary Edam Crackers

Thyme and Rosemary Edam Crackers

I enjoy finding bargains and especially food bargains.  Today on my grocery store run, I discovered some Edam cheese on sale for only  75 cents for an 8 ounce package.  I couldn’t pass up that deal so I decided to buy a few packages.  I really enjoy different kinds of cheese but Edam was fairly new to me so I decided to try it out.  I loved the soft texture and the medium flavor.  I decided that it would be great to try to make homemade crackers with them.  How hard could it be?  I’d made plain cheese crackers before and thought it would be nice to balance out the flavors of this cheese with some fresh herbs.  So, here it is, my little creation.  They were fantastic with some fresh salad that had D’Anjou pears in them.

Ingredients at a glance

Rub together the minced Thyme and Rosemary with the Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to release flavors

Cream the butter

Add the herbs and salt mixture along with the shredded Edam

After adding the flour and about a tablespoon of water a soft dough should form

Roll into a log and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes

Slice dough into about 1/4 inch thickness

Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes

Thyme and Rosemary Edam Crackers

It was awesome with some fresh salad.

Here’s the recipe:

Thyme and Rosemary Edam Crackers

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup shredded Edam cheese

1 tsp fresh Thyme, minced

1/2 tsp fresh Rosemary, minced

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

1 tablespoon water (may take a little less or more)

1 1/4 cup flour

Mix together Rosemary and Thyme with the salt and pepper and rub it together to release the flavors.  Set aside.  In a mixing bowl cream the butter until smooth and add the cheese and the herb mixture.  Slowly add in flour and keep mixing at low speed.  If necessary use the tablespoon of water (may take a little more or less depending on the humidity) to make the dough come together.  Take out of the bowl and roll into a 9 inch log.  Wrap the log with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat liner.  Using a very sharp knife cut the log into 1/4 or 3/8 inch slices.  Place on the prepared cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-22 minutes.  They should be a beautiful golden brown color.  Cool and enjoy as an appetizer or with any kind of salad.  They are wonderful with some D’Anjou pears sliced thinly on top as well.  Makes about 28 crackers.