Apparently January 20th is a recognized day of all things cheese. Who knew? I’d never heard of it, but it’s an idea I can get behind because, well, I love cheese. All kinds of cheese. Soft cheese, hard cheese, stinky cheese, moldy cheese – I love it all! Which is great for me because I’m doing this low carb thing.
You know what isn’t great? There aren’t a lot of (any?) low carb cracker options available, and cheese without crackers is just tragic and lonely. It’s like Batman without Robin… Sonny without Cher… Abbot without Costello….. Justin Bieber without Selena Gomez… (too much? yeah…sorry.)
Anyway, a cheese plate without crackers just doesn’t work. Gotta have the crunch to offset the rich creaminess – am I right or am I right?? Since I just went to Costco and bought gargantuan quantities of all kinds of yummy cheeses, I needed to make a cracker to eat them with. Necessity being the mother of invention etc, etc.
These crackers start with the same basic recipe as the pizza crust and burger buns. I added chopped rosemary to the dough and sprinkled the crackers with sea salt (kosher works if you don’t have any) before baking and they make a perfect crispy cracker with a nice rosemary flavor. I ate a bunch right out of the oven with nothing on them because they are just plain tasty.
You could flavor these with other herbs or even caraway seeds if you wanted a rye flavor. They were awesome with cheese but you can also use them for dips which I did today (more on that in a later post!) and they worked perfectly. My search for a low carb cracker is over. I hope you like them too!
Makes: A LOT
1 cup ground (or milled) flax seeds
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1 Tsp minced fresh rosemary
Sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and spray a cookie sheet (or two) with nonstick spray. Add all of the ingredients (except salt) to a medium bowl. Stir until fully combined. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Spray a clean countertop or large cutting board with nonstick spray. Spray your rolling pin with nonstick spray.
Form your dough into a ball and place on the greased counter. Roll it out as thin as you dare. I went pretty thin (like a wheat thin thickness) and the thinnest ones of the batch were the best. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter if you have one, or just use a sharp knife to cut a grid of 1 inch-ish squares. Use a small spatula or pie server to transfer the individual squares (or any shape) onto your pan. Keep rerolling and cutting your scraps until the dough is all gone.
Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, remove and flip, bake another 3 minutes. If you want them super crispy, turn the oven off and then put the crackers back in after it’s cooled a bit but is still warm. Leave them in for about an hour and they will continue to dry out until super crispy. Serve with your favorite cheese or dip!
Update: Someone suggested rolling the dough onto parchment paper, slicing the dough into squares and transferring the entire sheet onto a pan and baking directly on the parchment – genius idea, thought I’d share it!
Approx nutrition data per batch: 998 calories, 70g fat, 34g carbs, 32g fiber, 2g net carbs, 55g protein