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.
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.