Monday, August 20, 2012

Rosemary & Sea Salt Flax Crackers

My parents are visiting from Texas for the week. It is a wonderful treat seeing them and having them in our home. My dad is a great cook and has been spoiling us by cooking on a regular basis! My mom is wonderful at organizing and cleaning. She has cleaned all my windows and has kept the dishes washed and put away her entire stay! I am so spoiled :) 

Both my parents are into healthy eating. My dad is always coming up with and finding new recipes! Because they mostly stay away from breads and other carbs, dad was excited to find this recipe to help satisfy his salty cravings: Rosemary and Sea Salt Flax Crackers!

He showed me how to make them the other day and boy oh boy are they yummy! AND easy . . .

1 cup ground (or milled) flax seeds
2 eggs
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 and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.  Add all of the ingredients (except salt) to a medium bowl.  Stir until fully combined.   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 between 2 sheets of parchment paper, slicing the dough into squares and transferring the entire sheet onto a pan and baking directly on the parchment  (removing the top piece of paper to bake)

Dad didn't cut his into squares. Just broke off pieces like "bark".

I have all sorts of ideas for this recipe! Add sun dried tomatoes?? How about some chunks of garlic? YUM!!!


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