You know how much I love cheese and crackers. And if you don’t, know that if we don’t have cheese and crackers in the house, the world is just not right. I grew up eating cheese and crackers almost every night and I’ve since continued that habit. This recipe combines the two – cheese and crackers bundled up in one package? I’m in!
I’ve seen the Barefoot Contessa ( Ina Garten ) episode (twice!) where she helps her friend plan and prepare a cocktail party and she makes these cute little blue cheese & walnut crackers. Both times I’ve thought they would be kind of fun and I finally got around to making them. I think they would be fabulous alongside some champagne myself and that is how I plan to enjoy the ones that I don’t give away!
8 oz blue cheese, crumbled and at room temperature
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon water for egg wash
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
Cream together butter and cheese. Add flours, salt and pepper and mix until it is in large crumbles. Add 1 Tablespoon of water and mix until combined.
Dump flour on counter and roll into a long log. (I wanted my crackers a little smaller, so while Ina says to roll into 12 inch log, I did about double that). Brush log with egg wash and roll in chopped walnuts, pressing them into the log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Cut the log into thin slices (about 1/2 inch) and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.