Health Fix – Homemade Cracker Recipes

Whether you want a healthy afternoon bite or a nice treat to have around the house for guests, crackers and cheese spread is the perfect snack. By making your own crackers, you can add even more flavor to a healthy snack. Try combining one of these four delicious cracker recipes with our creamy Hickory Farms cheese spreads. It’ll be a treat you won’t soon forget!

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Parmesan and Basil Crackers

With a hint of salty cheese and a touch of fragrant herbs, Parmesan and basil crackers are sure to add just the right amount of flavor to your dips. To make your own, mix together flour, dried basil, salt and pepper and nice, freshly grated Parmesan Regianno. Then, add pieces of cold butter and a dash of cream until the dough forms. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and bake until your delicious crackers are golden brown.

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Honey Oat Crackers

For those of you who love sweet and savory combinations, try dipping honey oat crackers into a spicy spread. Using a food processor, pulse together rolled oats, baking soda, a dash of sugar and salt, a touch of cinnamon and some butter. In a small bowl, combine honey, vanilla and water before streaming everything into the food processor. Roll out the dough and bake.

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Sweet Potato Crackers

If you’d like to sneak in some vitamins and nutrients, try making your crackers with healthy sweet potatoes. Start by boiling your potato and making a puree. Let your puree cool, then mix with dry ingredients, honey and butter. Finish by cutting the dough into fun shapes and baking the crackers.

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Whole Wheat Crackers

If you prefer to take a more traditional route, consider sticking with a classic, like whole wheat sesame crackers. Simply mix flour, salt and sesame seeds before streaming everything in olive oil and a bit of water. Bake until crunchy.

With these recipes, baking fresh and nutritious homemade crackers couldn’t be easier. Combine these crackers with our Hickory Farms Sharp Cheese Ball or Bacon and Green Onion Spread for a quick and delicious snack!

 

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To get the most flavor and enjoyment from Hickory Farms’ award-winning cheeses, here’s a short guide to our most popular brands. It’s a better taste experience to begin with the younger, milder cheeses and build up to the bolder varieties. We also suggest using separate knives to cut each type to keep flavors from mixing.

 

Classic One-Year Aged Cheddar

Cheddar is the world’s most popular cheese and is made from cow’s milk. It’s a hard variety, and when aged one year, should be slightly crumbly in texture with a rather mild, mellow taste. Color can range from white to yellow-orange.

 

Three-Year Aged Cheddar

The sharper taste of this selection will melt in your mouth. It has an almost nutty flavor that is perfect atop a burger, a piece of summer sausage or a cracker. Our Smoked Garlic Cheddar and Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika have interesting layers of flavor that will linger on your taste buds.

 

Smoked Pepper Jack

Originally derived from Monterey Jack, pepper jack cheese gets its kick from an infusion of jalapenos, habaneros, garlic, rosemary and sweet peppers. It makes delicious quesadillas and also works well on burgers. You can also enjoy this semi-soft, flavorful cheese with an array of fresh fruits, including grapes and all varieties of melon. Try it with some salty olives for a different taste sensation.

 

Smoked Blue Cheese

The unique veined appearance of blue cheese is achieved by spiking it with stainless steel rods and allowing the circulation of oxygen to form Penicillium mold. This gives the cheese a bold, pungent flavor. Serve it plain with crackers or with fruits like pears and raisins. This semi-soft cheese is especially good crumbled over a salad of mixed greens.

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Cheese & Pears – Sweet and Savory Pairings

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Topping a crisp, juicy pear with creamy cheese is a delicious and texturally-rich flavor combination. Whether you’re looking for a quick midnight snack or sophisticated hors d’oeuvres for your next dinner party, a cheese and pear pairing is a fun and sophisticated option. Perfect your pairings with these simple tips.

Start by becoming familiar with the flavor profiles of your pears. Comice pears, for example, are rich and creamy, featuring an almost custard-like texture with a strong, sweet flavor and a delightful scent. If you prefer a snack that’s light, crisp and refreshing, you may want to choose the smooth and slightly citrusy d’Anjou pear.

 

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After you’ve selected your pear, it’s time to find the perfect cheese. The first thing to consider is what cheeses have flavor profiles that will complement your fruit. Comice pears, for example, are so sweet that they benefit from just a little bit of salt. Try pairing your Comice with a salty, full-flavor cheese, like a Manchego. D’Anjous, on the other hand, work well with fresh, bright cheeses, such as feta. Golden pears, which are sweet and crisp, pair with anything from a strong blue cheese to a creamy aged cheese.

 

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Another important factor to consider is texture. To create the most interesting pairings, go for textural contrast. Top your creamy Comice pears with Stiltons or Gorgonzolas that feature just a bit of crystal formation or a slightly grainy texture. Crisp d’Anjous go great with smooth and creamy cheeses, such as a fresh goat Chevre.

Finish your delicious treat with a beautiful presentation. For plated or pass around dinners, prepare your pears by slicing them thinly, topping each piece of pear with a slice of cheese and finishing with a sprig of rosemary or sage for color. For something less formal, spread your cheeses and pears on a platter and let your friends dig in.

 

With the delicious pears and cheese in our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets such as our Slice of The Season Trio, you can easily enjoy this fantastic sweet and savory combination at any gathering.