Cheesy Peasy Crackers
Salty snacks are the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle for me. Honestly I stand and stare into my pantry all the time looking for the salty snack. There are websites that will try to help you decode why you are craving something salty, all I know is I want salt and I want it now! These snacks used to be Goldfish and Cheez-It’s. But knowing what I know about prepackaged foods and the dangers within I cannot eat them any more on a daily basis for my “salty” snack. Nuts and seeds only go so far before you want something super savory with cheesy goodness. I found a version of this recipe a few months back and I was impressed. With some “healified” tweaks I remade those cheesy crackers of old days. Hooray! I know you will enjoy the Cheesy Peasy Crackers recipe. Remember they are a snack and at about 39 calories per crackers I would set a limit on your noshing! PS: I still eat Cheez-It’s on road trips, about 2 times a year! 😉
Cheesy Peasy Crackers
1 pound raw cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup grass fed butter
¾ tsp xanthan gum
1 cup finely chopped nut (walnut, pecan, or other)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
In a food processor add grated cheese and butter, process until smooth. Add flour and xanthan gum, nuts and cayenne pepper. Process again until mixed well and/or forms a dough ball.
Prepare 4 pieces of wax paper about 12 inches long each. Scrape out ¼ of the dough on to wax paper. Slightly wet hands and roll dough into a ball. Then roll in to a log about 1 inch in diameter. Wrap wax paper around to cover. Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until dough is firm. I leave mine in overnight. Continue this step for the remaining dough, ¼ at a time.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment. Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap. With a sharp knife cut each roll into ¼ inch slices and place in a line on the baking sheet. Bake 10- 13 minutes until light brown at the edges. While hot sprinkle some kosher salt over each one. Let cool and serve! You can store them for about 1 week or in the freezer for longer.
The dough can also be frozen to be thawed, cut and baked for later! Makes about 10 dozen Cheesy Peasy Crackers!