Today’s post is sponsored by Alouette! Their cheese with these crackers – 👌!
Just stop for a second and think about this: you, sitting outside, with a crispy, golden brown assortment of Homemade Flatbread Crackers, soft cheese, a glass of wine, end-of-summer sun on your face. Yes yes yes yes yesss.
I’ve never even made crackers before today. Never! Can you believe that?
In my (pre-homemade-cracker) mind, homemade crackers were something for people who make their own everything. Homemade ketchup. Homemade air freshener, cereal, laundry soap. And then obviously, homemade crackers. Like, oh, I see. You’re one of those people who makes their own crackers. Riiiight.
But now, in my (post-homemade-cracker) mind, homemade crackers are actually AMAZING and actually AMAZINGLY EASY. So… here I come? I am now one of those homemade people. Bring it on.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that homemade crackers will coming out of my oven every week. I’m just not. Be real with yourself -> I’m the girl who easily succumbs to the fastest possible option, and even though homemade crackers are definitely easy, they are not as easy as (oh no I can feel myself about to say this) cheap takeout pizza. And other such options.
But here’s where homemade crackers fit for me: we luv having people over and we look for any opportunity to make it happen – last day of summer! first football game! celebrating Friday! Bachelor Finale! Apple Keynote! <- seriously there’s a party happening at our house around this event in a few days. I must be married to a Bjork.
And one of the very best ways to make the most of entertaining and friends time is by placing a tray of crackers, cheese, meats, honey, fruit, and maybe even a bottle of wine in front of your face. It’s easy meets fancy meets LOVE THIS KIND OF FOOD, and if you can pause for long enough between cheese-stuffed-bites to take a breath and say something, it’s a perfect scenario for long, lazy, relaxed conversations.
Just keep feeding yourself the cheese.
These crackers gave me the excuse I needed to finally harvest some thyme from my three-inch thyme plant in the baby garden, and I almost cried when I snipped the sprigs off because, well, there goes the whole plant. Was it even ready to harvest? I can’t wait around forever for these things.
Ugh, gardening. What am I even doing?
Flavor for the crackers: a sprinkling of fresh thyme (or whatever herbs you like!) and just the right amount of freshly cracked black pepper, although it’s important to note: beware the heavy-handed pepper addition because too much black pepper turns these into cough attack crackers, says the girl who “loves black pepper” and found herself struggling to breathe with Crackers Round 1.
Boost up those two beauties with the addition of a little flour, water, and olive oil, and there you are!
Homemade flatbread crackers are yours for the taking.
The cheese situation here is a really good one.
Alouette has two new products on the market (which can be found in the regular grocery store, thank you very much!) and I think I was only supposed to pick one for this post, but I loved them both so much that I need to tell you everything.
Le Bon Dip is a magical, versatile cross between a traditional veggie dip and a soft cheese that works like a charm for entertaining because it goes with, hmm, let’s see: EVERYTHING.
We had a party with my dinner club friends a few weeks ago and I wanted to see how people liked it, you know, to see if it actually stood up to the Real Life Test, so I added a bowl of the Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpea variety to our massive buffet of crackers and cheese, grilled burgers, salad, and chips and dip galore. By the end of the night, after everyone finished chip-dipping, cracker-spreading, and burger-topping, it was 100% gone-zo. Friend approved!
I know I’m only supposed to mention one, but I need you to know that Le Petite Fromage is also heavenly, and to me, it seems like more of a lunchbox or one-on-one snacking choice. These little guys are individually packaged so you can just grab one, spread it all on a cracker or two, and call it done.
YEAH RIGHT. More like grab five. And please get the Garlic & Herb PLEASE.
Both cheeses have less than 50 calories per serving and they are made with legit ingredients including real pieces of chickpeas and vegetables and all the other things that you can actually SEE and TASTE in the dip, which is just 💗💗💗. I really think you guys will like this stuff.
One last idea: these crackers, spread with that soft garlic herb cheese, dipped in yesterday’s sweet potato turkey chili. I’ve done it and I’m here to recommend it.
See you at 4pm for happy hour on my sun-soaked deck! I’m not going to tell you what we’re having but 👆👆👆
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh herbs of choice (I used thyme)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less to taste - as written, it will be pretty peppery)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ cup cold water
- Alouette Le Bon Dip or Le Petite Fromage for serving
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pulse the flour, thyme, pepper, salt, sugar, and olive oil in the food processor until evenly distributed.
- Add the water and pulse just until the dough starts to stick together (about 10 seconds). Remove the dough, press together gently with your hands to form a single ball, and cut into four pieces. Let the dough rest for about ten minutes.
- Roll out each individual piece of dough as thin as you possibly can. If the dough starts to shrink up, let it rest a little longer. You want the dough to get very, very thin. Once it’s rolled, place it on a piece of parchment paper and transfer to a baking sheet.
- Bake for 4-5 minutes, but check periodically to make sure it’s not getting too brown - flip each cracker piece and bake another 4-5 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the crackers sit in the oven for 1-2 hours to really dry out and get crispy.
- Break into pieces and serve with ALouette Le Bon Dip or Le Petite Fromage and a glass of wine for a perfect snack or happy hour treat!
Thank you to Alouette for sponsoring this delicious cracker post party!
- for more fun –> 12 Magical Ways to Use a Food Processor