What do you serve as a side dish to soup? The obvious answer is
crackers. But forget about the box of Saltines. These are cheesy
crackers you can make yourself.
Becky Low, from the Utah Dairy Farmers shares her recipe for
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt, divided
1/4 cup cold butter
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheese
3-4 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Herbs or seasoning of choice, optional
Place flour and 3/4-teaspoon garlic salt in food processor, or mixing bowl; whisk together.
Cut butter into small pieces; add chopped butter and cheese to flour and cut-in (or using a
food processor, pulse) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in water, 1 tablespoon
water at a time, until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half, flatten each half into a disk,
wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20-30 minutes to chill.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On the back side of a lightly oiled large baking sheet or a baking sheet without sides (I
prefer lining my baking sheets with parchment paper), roll each piece of dough out to 1/8-
inch thickness (HINT: place wooden skewers on either side of dough, roll dough out
between the skewers until the rolling pin rests on skewers preventing the dough from
becoming any thinner and creating even thickness). Cut dough into cracker shapes with
scalloped pastry cutter or with small cookie cutters. Remove excess dough and separate
pieces from each other for even browning. Sprinkle crackers with parmesan cheese,
optional herbs of choice and lightly with remaining garlic salt; prick tops if desired. Bake
15-20 minutes or until lightly brown, puffed and crisp.
Sensational side to soup and salads! Adjust seasoning to match soup. For variety,
experiment with different flour, cheese and seasonings. Recipe serves 6-10
Quick Crackers: brush flour or corn tortillas, wonton wrappers or bagel slices lightly with
melted butter; sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, lightly sprinkle with garlic salt and
sprinkle with finely chopped or ground herbs of choice (Rosemary, Garlic, Thyme, Basil,
Chives, etc). Bake crackers at 350 degrees for 6-12 minutes or until crisp and lightly
browned (note – wonton wrappers take less time to cook).
Other Super Soup Sides: cheese crumbles, cubes, shreds, and shaves; crumbled cooked
bacon; chopped hard cooked egg; croutons; pine nuts; chopped fresh herbs; French fried
onion rings; chow mien noodles; mini pretzels; buttery popped corn; etc.