I served Blue Cheese Crackers with Pepper Jelly as an easy and delicious snack before folks dove into the buffet at my blogiversary. It is funny how the smallest and most inconspicuous thing on the menu can become such a crowd pleaser. My neighbor Ryan, who always makes a point to compliment the meal, said that the Blue Cheese crackers was the best thing I served on Friday night (he might get a special delivery sometime soon). Andrew also asked several days later if I happened to have any extra lying around the house. With so many compliments, I may make more of these and store them in the freezer for impromptu parties!
This recipe came from a new book, Recipes for Parties, that I picked up last week. My friend Piet in Belgium said that this needs to be my “next thing.” The book is gorgeous – with great tips on flower arrangements and food presentation. Although, I think the author’s friends are probably the most attractive component of the book. So, in the spirit of the new book, I’ll post some pictures of my attractive friends too (this isn’t inclusive so don’t get offended folks).
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut in small cubes
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
Assembly: Combiner flour, salt, paprika and cayenne in the food processor to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the dough comes together. Divide into four pieces and roll into logs (about 1 and 1/4 in diameter). Cover tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate – or freeze (you will need to refrigerate at least 2 hours). When ready to cook, defrost or bring out of the fridge and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Bake at 350 about 20 minutes on a well-greased pan or with parchment paper. Once baked, top with pepper jelly and serve!
These are INCREDIBLE. Well done, Cecelia!
And, not only are they delicious, but you can knock the socks off people when you tell them you made your own crackers!
oh i am so sad that we aren’t in nc anymore b/c this looked like a party too tasty to miss! i’ll have to get chad’s blue cheese pepper jelly spread recipe for you!!!