Thursday, August 22, 2013

Something From Nothing #15: Crispy Cocktail Crackers

You just might find this hard to believe, but I have the reputation of being, uh, shall we say, "thrifty". I'm not the least bit embarrassed by this.  I'm actually pretty proud of that fact, because this is why I can usually find a way to make something pretty good from not much of anything at all.

Fact is, you really don't need to spend much to make something delicious.  I hope that my Something From Nothing series proves that point and even helps you out when you find yourself in a culinary pinch. I've made main courses, breads, and desserts that hopefully don't cost you much money or an extra trip to the store.

Today's recipe is no exception.  This easy little cracker recipe is the answer if you ever need something to nibble on with drinks or just an extra little something to accompany a soup or salad.

True to this series, you can make these plain with just a couple of ingredients or throw in any spices, herbs, seeds or cheese that you might have on hand. If you are out to impress, this super simple little recipe is going to do the trick.  Just wait until you see the reaction when you tell everyone that you made these.

Rosemary and Seeded Crackers

Crispy Cocktail Crackers

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting rolling surface
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable or extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water
Kosher salt for topping (optional)
Herbs, spices or seeds (suggestions follow)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place flour and salt in a medium size bowl and stir well to combine.  Add oil and water and stir to make a soft dough.  Add a small amount of water at a time if dough seems dry and crumbly.  Divide into thirds.  Cover with plastic.

Dust rolling surface liberally with flour.  Take one piece of the dough and form it into a square.  Place it on floured surface and roll into a rectangle that is about 1/16" thick.  It should measure about 8" x 12".  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut into pieces measuring about 2" x 4".  I tried cutting mine into triangles and the tips seemed to burn before the wider parts were cooked, so I advise sticking with rectangles or squares for more even cooking.

Place dough on a non-stick cookie sheet, sprinkle lightly with kosher salt if desired and bake on the lowest rack in your oven for 5 - 10 minutes.  Cooking times will vary depending on how thick you roll your dough, so watch the first batch very carefully so you can better estimate your cooking times. Bake until crackers puff in places and they are a light brown.  Cool.

Repeat with remaining dough one third at a time.

Rolled thin and sprinkled with seeds, these crackers are now ready for the oven.

Serving suggestions:

For seeded crackers:  Mix 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds and 2 teaspoons fennel seeds together.  Just before baking, brush cracker dough lightly with water.  Sprinkle seeds evenly over the dough before baking.  Bake as directed.

Flavored crackers:  Mix flavors such as fresh rosemary, cracked black peppercorns, Parmesan cheese or dried herb blends (I like herbs de Provence and Italian seasoning) to taste into the dry ingredients before adding the liquid.  Roll out and cook as directed above.

Makes about 3 dozen medium size crackers


Angie Schneider said...

These are so thin and crisp!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

They look delish! I pride myself n being thrifty too...heehee.

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

Thrify R Us...and I'm proud of it too!

Ahem...can't we just call them Brio Crackers? The crackers I love and haven't had in a long time which means I need to make these, right?

Holly @ said...

I've never made crackers and these look perfect to share with friends. All I need are your crackers with Barb's drinks and I'd be ready for happy hour! Will let you know when I make these for sure.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I love Something From Nothing and that photo of those crackers in that checkered paper. And I suppose you bought that holder at Savers?????

Simply Sweet Justice said...

So simple, but oh so good!

Kitchen Riffs said...

These look great! We've recently started to play with making our own crackers, but these look easier than what we've been doing. Definitely need to give this a try! Thanks so much.

Amy said...

I love your "something from nothing" series! That's the most awesome thing to creating something scrumptious from most basic everyday, inexpensive ingredients. Such as these crackers....I bet they would make the most delicious snacks. I love thing crunchy. :) Can't wait to try them out.

AdriBarr said...

I say it is a pleasure to meet you, Thrifty Lass! This is my first visit to your site, having come from Barb at Creative Culinary. These crackers look great, and I bet with the seeds they are quite flavorful Isn;' it something how very much flavor one can get out of such simple ingredients? Brava!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Many times I prefer crackers over cookies for a snack and I know I would love these little treats, Karen. I'm on the thrifty side as well and am always looking for recipes that use up the bits of this and that in the fridge.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

What crispy looking crackers...they must be delicious.

Ansh| Spiceroots said...

Looks at those crackling crisp crackers! I can almost hear the crunch!! And yes, we don't always need to rob a bank to make something delicious.

Velva said...

These rosemary crackers would be really nice along side another appetizer with a bottle of wine. Very nice.
This post is proof simple is best. Thanks for sharing.