When I was in school my catering chef was very knowledgeable about cheese and would bring out whole wheels of cheese and cut them for the students to taste. Even the very expensive and hard to find cheeses were shared to give us a better understanding of the different types and flavors. So thanks to my chef, I am now hooked on all kinds of cheese with names I can hardly pronounce and with a price tag that makes me say OMG, really, but there it goes into my shopping cart. Trust me, finding some wonderful cheeses, some beautiful fruit, a crusty bread and a hearty glass of wine makes a nice cheese board for a casual appetizer or even a meal.
We eat a lot of cheese at my house, right now there is eight different types of cheese in the fridge; I don’t think that’s too many. My newest cheese to try is the Drunken Goat cheese. Cut it open and you will find a nearly white cheese with a purplish rind. Try it sometime, mainly because it is really a good cheese, but also you can always say you’ve had drunken goat!
Seriously, all this talk of cheese I had to stop to get my supper, so I found some sea salt crackers, leftover roasted salmon and you guessed it cheese, Chevre to be exact. I also opened a bottle of Bogle Chardonnay that is pairing very nicely. Who needs meat and potatoes?
|Cotswold Cheese for my appetizer|
We are having a party tomorrow and I found this recipe for Savory Cotswold Cheese Crackers I’m making for an appetizer. Cotswold is a semi-hard cows milk cheese similar to a cheddar cheese and has onions and chives added to it. The recipe is quick and easy and makes about 35 to 50 crackers depending on how you make them. Have fun with the shapes, today I’m making mine round with a scalloped border because it looks so festive, but I think diamond shapes would look great too.
For printable recipe, click here.
Savory Cotswold Cheese Crackers
1 cup rice flour
6 tablespoons softened butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
2 tablespoon chopped chives
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
5-6 oz. Cotswold Cheese-crumbled (use a fork to do this)
1/3 cup ice water
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together except the water. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough forms into a soft dough and holds together, you may not use all the water.)
On a flour surface, roll the dough to 1/8″ thick and cut into desired sizes and shapes. Sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired. Place on baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes until browned.
Enjoy ~ Jere’