Cheesy Crackers

Sometimes you just want to sit down and eat a box of cheese its with a diet coke. But, sometimes its just too cold to go out and get some. So, what do you do? You make your own! My cheese its came out great, but they weren’t as crunchy as the original. Instead, they were more soft. I think if the dough was rolled out thinner and I let them cool off for a bit before I shoveled them in, they would have been crunchy, but alas I didn’t, so I am recommending you do! Demand yourself to wait and you will be rewarded!

Here we go:

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Ingredients

1 cup cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

salt and pepper

1/2 cup flour

1 tablespoon cold water

1. In a food processor or other mixer blend the cheese, butter, salt and pepper.

2. Once combined at a bit of flour at a time until it becomes crumbly.

3. Add the water and blend. You want the mixture to be moist but not wet.

4. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and chill for 30min to an hour. While you wait pre-heat the oven to 375.

5. Once the mixture is cool, roll it out I think I did about a 1/4 of an inch, but you might want to try thinner to get the crunch.

6. Cut it with any cookie cutters you have. I used a round one, but you could use anything.

7. Place on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt, preferably sea salt.

8. Bake for 15min or until slightly brown. Let cool.

Enjoy!

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Tips:

– If you want you can add some spices like chili powder in the beginning, or try another cheese like pepperjack for a different taste!

– And, again, let them cool before you eat!

Fried Sweet Potatoes

I haven’t written in awhile not because I haven’t been cooking. Actually, I have been more cooking lately. We decided if we eat at home for all our meals during the week we would treat ourselves to eating out on the weekend. A full meal out where we don’t feel guilty for buying extra treats like a side of fries (my favorite) or an extra beer. The problem is that the things we have been making are all the things I have posted on here already. I have had chickpea burgers so many times, but I would still have them tomorrow they are so good.

Anyway, I finally got around to something new. (and on a funny note, we actually had this as a side to… chickpea burgers.) Did I mention that I love fries? Because I do actually love fries. A lot. Almost as much as I love pizza. So, I made a new version: fried sweet potatoes. So easy and so delicious! Also, this would be a great treat for a Halloween.

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Fried Sweet Potatoes

1 large sweet potato, grated

1/3 cup flour

1 egg, whisked

salt and pepper

Oil, enough to fill a pot two inches high

1. Fill a pot two inches high with oil and begin to heat it on the oven.

2. In a bowl combine the flour, whisked egg, salt and pepper.

3. Wash, peel, and grate the sweet potato. Add it to the mixture above.

4. When the oil is hot add spoonfuls of the mixture to the oil. Make sure you don’t add too many, you don’t want to over crowd the pot.

5. Heat each batch for 3-5min. I cooked them until they were very brown.

6. Remove each batch and place on a napkin to absorb the extra oil. Sprinkle with salt.

7. Plate and Enjoy!photo2

 

 

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you are making a big batch, start the oven at 200d. When you take the fries out of the pot place them on a wire rack on a back sheet and put it in the oven to stay crispy and hot. The wire rack on the sheet will allow air to circulate around the fries to keep them crispy.
  • The original recipe called for 1/2 onion chopped and 1/3 cup of flour and cornmeal each. I didn’t have cornmeal which is why I didn’t use it, and I found just 1/3 cup flour worked great. I saved my onion for chili (look out for that post coming up soon!)