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.


Ciao Chow Linda said...

These would be perfect for having with a drink.

Kelley said...

These look fantastic. I can't wait to try them.

Kelly said...

These look and sound so good! Thanks for the recipe. Although I'm half afraid to try them since I can eat my weight in store bough cheesy crackers. Homemade has to be a million times better. :)

Unknown said...

Yum! Those look great!

Dimah said...

Yum! They look so yummy!

Tia said...

yum but i would so not have the patience to cut out all those little shapes.

Kathleen said...

These look fabulous! I can't wait to try them!

MyLastBite said...

Oh, I have to make these with my niece and nephew!!!

showfoodchef said...

Linda, Kelly, Kelley,Megan and Dimah - Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Having these with a drink is a fab idea BTW. And I think I HAVE eaten my weight in them already :D

showfoodchef said...

Tia: Thanks for the comment and You could cut them into strips, then into squares for a fast way to get tiny crackers. I did it that way the first time.

Kathleen: Let me know if ya try them, and thanks.

Jo: Hope you try these. I think kids would love making these and maybe making their own shapes, etc.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe! These are so cute and yummy! I will definitely be making these on a weekly basis.

Anonymous said...

I made these and they were great!!! I added some italian seasoning and they really do taste like Cheez-its!! Great recipe, thanks!!

Elena said...

These are cute, easy to make, and healthy, it's just the perfect snack for my kids and of course ME! :) I have made these several times and they always come out so good. If you have kids or even if you don't, they are a great and fun treat!

Elizabeth said...

Any idea how long these keep for?

showfoodchef said...

Amber - I've had them in an airtight container for a week and they were good. They loose their flavor a bit and crispness at the end there. Hope that helps. :D

alternatereality2 said...

They're good with Tobasco in them, too.

Anonymous said...

So yummy! I used a "seriously sharp cheddar" which was a bit too tangy for crackers but they still tasted awesome! I would use a more mild cheddar next time. They only lasted 2 days in my house!