HABANERO CHEESE CRACKERS
Updated: Apr 30, 2021
One of the easiest snacks I make for my family are cheese crackers. They are simple, fast and great to grab on the go. I thought it would be fun to make a slightly grown up version by giving it a spicy kick with some Habanero Cheese. Although I would like to add, my oldest daughter loves these and asked for them to be spicier next time. She must get her love of spicy food from me. They are a slightly elevated cheese cracker that you can easily entertain with too, but you will be surprised at how easy they are to put together.
You probably already have all the ingredients you need. The fun part is that you can cut them out into all different shapes. This time around, I used a pizza cutter to make long strips for dipping and I love the rustic look it creates. They look beautiful standing up in a bowl or scattered around a plate. For some extra texture and flavor, I sprayed the tops with a little water and sprinkled some seeds over them.
I can handle a fair amount of spice so I was excited to use some Cabot Habanero Cheddar Cheese. It is the perfect ingredient to give these crackers the perfect amount of heat I was looking for. It will be the centerpiece of any grazing board, and it's definitely not for the timid. You will notice the heat right away but there are also fruity and smokey notes. I usually use the Habanero Cheese grated over Mexican dishes, but it also goes so well with this Mediterranean inspired board. Dipping these crackers in a classic hummus makes a perfectly balanced bite. It's creamy, rich and spicy.
So how spicy are you willing to go? I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, I'm somewhere around a 6 or a 7. For this batch of crackers, I started with 4 oz of cheese but add more if you can handle it. I am a fan of that fiery flavor and creamy texture. That's what makes me such of fan of Cabot Creamery cheeses. I love trying all their different flavors and adding them to new recipes. This one definitely did not disappoint. So happy for the warmer temps when I can enjoy these crackers with a glass of white wine or cold beer.
And now for the really important stuff. Delicious food is wonderful to make and enjoy, but we all need to do our part in supporting companies that are truly making a difference. It’s about making positive changes in the workplace and for the community. Cabot Creamery believes in sustainability not only in their farming practices but in their creamery. I appreciate all the hard work the over 800 co-op farms put in to creating their wonderful products. You can taste it in all their award winning cheeses.
HABANERO CHEESE CRACKERS
(makes 4-6 servings)
4 oz Cabot Habanero Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water, cold
sea salt, poppyseeds, sesame seeds, for topping
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt and cheese. Grate the cold butter over the flour mixture and mix until it resembles coarse sand.
Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix until it comes together.
Divide the dough into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
Roll out each disc on a lightly floured surface to about an 1/8 inch thickness. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into long strips or squares.
Lightly spray the tops with water and sprinkle toppings over the top if desired.
Bake until golden brown and crunchy, 18-20 minutes.
Cool completely before serving
The unbaked dough can be stored in the fridge for up to a week
Use your favorite topping to add even more flavor
Feel free to use more cheese for an even spicier kick
Store leftovers in an airtight container