Thursday, April 8, 2010

Eazee Cheezees (Tiny Cheese Crackers) Simple Saturday

The mission was to bring snack food - no wait, "healthy" snack food. It was to feed 100 teenagers, no wait, 100 "Drama Dept." teenagers (they are not shy). My son is a ninth grader in the High School Spring Musical and "hell week" (rehearsals everyday til late at night) is this week. The parents try to pitch in by bringing food and waters, etc. for the "struggling actors" who are confined to their art (said with back of hand thrown to forehead in mock despair) in the auditorium for hours.
These snack crackers are fast and easy, and addictive. I'm glad they're out of here or I would've eaten a pound by myself. I don't know why a pound of food translates into 5 pounds of weight, but it's one of the many unfair things about the culinary world (said with back of hand thrown to forehead in true despair).

(makes enough for about 50 small party cups, can be cut in half for less)

1 1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
12 - 16oz shredded sharp cheddar (or you can use a mixture)
1/2 cup butter cold, cut into cubes
1 tsp salt
dash of pepper
*I throw in a dash of flax seed meal, also

Put all ingredients into the food processor and pulse til it's a small crumbly mixture. Add a few Tbls. of cold water, a little at a time, just until it holds together.
Remove and form into two disks, wrap both in plastic and chill for about 1/2 hour.
Work with one disk at a time, rolling out to 1/8 inch thickness
Cut into shapes with tiny garnish cutter or into 1 inch squares
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for about 15 - 18 minutes.
Cool on the sheet and fill up the bowls!
*You can also add a dash of spices or herbs to these, ie. chipotle chili powder, parsley, Italian seasoning, or curry powder. With Drama Teens, I played it safe :D

THEY LOVED THEM, I should have made more.
Quote from one of the "Flying Monkeys" (the play is THE WIZ): "I can carry these in my pocket on the stage" Ok, ewww, but yay at the same time.

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