We all know that crackers & cheese are even better friends than peas & carrots, and if you've fixed a cheese plate or two in your day...you've likely struggled finding an appropriate partner for your beloved queso. Am I right? Am I overly particular? Basically, I am traumatized nearly every time I visit the cracker isle. Too bland. Too much flavor. Too expensive. Too much plastic (I love you Rustic Bakery, but $7 for a dozen or so crackers wrapped in two layers of plastic gives me serious buyer's remorse). It's enough to drive any cheese plate enthusiast to drink. I've...got...a plan. Save your liver & make the crackers! YAAAAAAAY!
It is actually far easier than it sounds & the results are delicious & waste free!
2 c Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c warm water
1/3 c olive oil
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 & mix flour, baking soda, & salt in a large bowl
Step 2: Mix in warm water & olive oil until smooth-ish dough forms
Step 3: Split dough equally & roll out on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets. The rolling pin wasn't much help on these jelly roll pans, so I used a handy glass (what looks like a triple shot once used to take back whiskey after shopping in the cracker isle...haha...ok, maybe that's a bit aggressive) & it worked just swell.
Step 4: Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter gently cut dough into desired cracker shape. Yes! YOUR the decider! (See...isn't this fun?!?)
Step 5: Sprinkle with whatever your buds desire. I choose a simple sea salt & fresh cracked pepper combo.
Step 6: Cook for 10-15 mins (my oven is a bit wacky so I had to keep a close eye after the 10 min mark, but maybe yours is different) & voila! Crackers!
Step 7: Proudly present your delightful cheese plate & it's worthy cracker sidekick. Sit back & enjoy.
Thankful cheese plate eater: "Ohh...these crackers are so delicious...and...they look homemade?!?"
You: "Oh (hmhmhmhmmmm) yes...just whipped them up this afternoon. No big whoop (hmmhmhmhm)."
I'll be taking my crackers to a cozy little nook in central Oregon for some fun in the sun, great people, & a cheese plate in nature. (ummm...does it get any better?) Happy Birthday America!