Spicy, sage and cornmeal crackers are an ideal choice to serve with a variety of cheeses. These crunchy, gritty, yes gritty, are a venue cheese has never seen before. Then again, either have I. Traditional crackers these aren’t. They aren’t made for a soft, spreadable cheese, but are splendid for dipping or a nice slice of sharp gouda. Wensleydale cranberry cheese is one of my holiday favorites and no–they didn’t pay me to say this, but it is perfect with these crackers.
I know you might be thinking why bother with crackers? There are a multitude of varieties on the grocer’s shelves to choose from. So why make the effort to bake home made? All I can say is that these sounded good. And they looked pretty. I’m big on pretty lately. And as a matter of fact one can’t find these crackers in stores. No sireeee. Plus these gritty, chewy crumbly crackers felt festive and looked like Thanksgiving-whatever Thanksgiving looks like. Man, I am all over the place tonight.
Need a hostess gift? These crackers and a wedge of cheese would be splendid. And different. Please whatever you do, don’t bring flowers. I love flowers more than the next guy, but I hate it when I’m having guests and someone arrives with a bouquet. That means stopping what I’m doing, finding a vase and arranging flowers in said vase. At least come with a plant, for God’s sake.
One more thing. Don’t bring wine that you want me to serve. I’ve no doubt that what you will bring is a great wine, but trust me, I’ve chosen the wines I feel would best suit the dinner. So unless I know your taste well enough, I kind of got it covered. Candles. Candles are a nice gift. I love candles; the real ones. But please not the scented kind. Unless of course they are the really expensive kind that smell good. God, I seem so unappreciative, don’t I? Truth is, I’m really not. It’s just that as a hostess and a chef, I do have standards to uphold, do I not?
I love a nice bottle of olive oil or vinegar. Or spices. Or chocolate. I adore something I can savor the next day. Something I don’t have to share. I love something home made. Hmmm. These crackers are home made. And a wedge of cheese helps complete the deal. And yes, these can easily be thrown in a bag with a ribbon. Trust me. Your host will feel charmed. Your host will feel cared for. And if by chance said host wants to serve these, they would make a good starter and a perfect finish. Especially with that bottle of wine that someone is sure to bring!
These spicy sage, cornmeal crackers are seedy and salty and buttery. They are crumbly and chewy. And can be eaten with or without cheese. The dough can be frozen and thawed before baking. They make a perfect hostess gift. Or a perfect gift for your guests.
Yield: About 30 CrackersAuthor: Abbe Odenwalder
SPICY, SAGE AND CORNMEAL CRACKERS
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