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Rosemary Cheese Bites

This recipe for Rosemary Cheese Bites is written by Carrie of La Pomme de Portland. Welcome, Carrie!

When you live in a climate that could be comparable to the rain forests of the Amazon…minus the heat…and well, minus the sun…you get used to the rain.

You get used to you and everything around you being a bit damp. The lawn a bit soggy. The flower beds a bit squishy. You can’t worry about a fine mist touching down lightly on your hair. You don’t bother with an umbrella unless there’s a downpour.

rosemary cheese crackers

And even if there is a downpour, you still won’t pick your children up from the bus stop no matter how much they complain. “Use your umbrella,” you say matter-of-factly to them. “You live in Oregon.” Of course they don’t and arrive home after the 5 minute walk…drenched.

And you know that no matter what the calendar says or what the weather is like in the rest of the world, it will rain here the second weekend of June. The date of your city’s annual Rose Festival parade. And you know that the rain will continue until after the Fourth of July because, as everyone knows, summer never really starts here until the fifth of July.

homemade rosemary crackers

But somehow, despite the rain, the days are longer. The sky a little brighter. The school year is coming to an end. The homework and activity wheels are winding down.

And the chorus of birds wake you now at five a.m. instead of seven. There are petunias in your window boxes. Your toes are painted pink and you wear your sandals without worrying about getting your feet wet.

All of these signs of summer give you pause to think of your friends. Those incredible women you are fortunate enough to have in your life. Those friends whom you haven’t seen much of throughout the cold, rainy season and the frantic pace of the school year.

Making this recipe for Rosemary Cheese Bites

And you think, “Yes, I’ll gather them together. Maybe on a Sunday afternoon. I’ll serve them little rosemary cheese bites with a dollop of goat cheese…topped with a Marcona almond and a drop of honey or maybe a scoop of pepper jelly.

There will be a bowl of fresh, luscious strawberries. A little plate of dark chocolate caramels with sea salt. And glasses of sparkling water complete with a slice of lemon.”

rosemary cracker recipe

The menu won’t be extensive but it will be enough. Enough to tell them thank you. Thank you for all they add to your life. Their generosity and support with which you could not do without. And huddled there under the deck umbrella, you’ll smile to yourself, grateful you could do this…for them.

What would you serve to your friends as a small way to say thank you?

Related: How to Plan a Cheese Tasting Party

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rosemary cheese crackers

Rosemary Cheese Bites

Yield: 3-4 dozen
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Homemade rosemary cheese crackers are the perfect accompaniment to your cheese tasting party!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp minced, fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper or freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sticks, unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1 c gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 c parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine your flour, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Then in the bowl of a food processor, add your butter and your cheeses. Process a few times or until the mixture comes together and starts to form little pea-sized chunks.
  3. Pour in your flour mixture and process again until the ingredients come together and start to look like a coarse meal.
  4. Turn out the whole mixture onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to bring it all together to form a ball. Divide the ball into two sections. Carefully, roll each section out to form a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 9-10 inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to a day. Even better, bake one batch now and freeze the other batch of dough for up to 6 months and save for another day.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while your dough is chilling.
  6. Once properly chilled, take your log of dough and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or a silpat liner and bake for 14-16 minutes.
  7. While the crackers are baking, you can let your imagination go wild with topping ideas. Of course, these crackers are delicious plain but since you really want to thank your friends for being such amazing people why not jazz them up a bit?

Notes

Inspired by Ina, Dorie, Martha and Victoria

Topping Ideas

  • A slathering of goat cheese topped with a Marcona almond and a drop of honey
  • A slathering of goat cheese topped with a little scoop of pepper jelly or any other jelly you may have on hand and love.
  • Little slices of cucumber and salami
  • A slathering of hummus and a slice of cucumber
  • A bit of jarred marinara sauce and a grilled prawn
  • Sliced fresh tomatoes and a scoop of caramelized onions
  • Sliced fresh tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a basil leaf

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Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 3g

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About the Author:

carrie minns La Pomme de Portland

From her hometown of Portland, Oregon, Carrie Minns publishes her weekly musings about the mingling of food, family and life at La Pomme de Portland.

In that creative space, she explores the intersecting of her role as mother of three, her desire to prepare fresh, seasonal food for her family and where all of this takes her as she navigates her way through life.

You can also find Carrie on Facebook and Twitter.

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Julie

Friday 22nd of December 2017

These taste delicious, but the comments about the texture are spot on (I wish I'd read the comments before making the crackers!). If I make them again, I'll put in 2 cups flour and add a little if needed. Dough like this shouldn't be worked too much or it gets tough. I added half and half to make this batch workable.

Veronica

Friday 13th of September 2013

Carrie, do these end up as crispy crackers?? they look thick and soft...not crisp. Looking for the right recipe to serve with pate'... Got a quick answer?

serafinadellarosa

Monday 7th of May 2012

I did as Laura did. You really have to work the butter until it softens up in the flour. I also tried using plastic wrap to work it into the log shape. Still a challenge. But they were delicious!!!

serafinadellarosa

Saturday 5th of May 2012

As the poster above said....it's like rolling sand. I formed them into a ball and stuck them in the fridge. No way I could get them log shaped. Guess I need to get that butter softened more. I'll let you know. Headed back to the kitchen to see how I can make this work.

Laura

Monday 19th of March 2012

I have made these twice, and they are so unbelievably addictive. One question, though. I have the hardest time rolling the dough into a log and later cutting it. It's like trying to roll sand! The only way I can make it work is to really knead the butter into the dough so that it gets a bit bit melted and holds it together, but the recipe says to keep the butter cold. They taste great either way, I'm just wondering if I am doing something wrong/if there is an easier way to do this that does not result in me yelling at inanimate objects. !

Ps, my favorite way to eat these is goat cheese + raspberry jam. I could eat the whole batch if I wanted to