Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Quick, Cheap & Easy Crackers

Avoiding packaged foods has presented a few challenges over the last year.  Crackers is one of them. Company drops in and you just want to whip out some cheese and crackers.  I've been meaning to find an acceptable substitute and, when my sister said her husband didn't want to give up his saltines with soup, I figured I'd better get on it and maybe we can convert him.

This was so quick and easy to do and tasted just as good after being frozen.  

I picked up a loaf of day old french bread for $1 and sliced it into very thin rounds. ~

Brush the slices with olive oil and herbs.  I used the pesto I had made from extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, pepper and basil.  Those little, frozen cubes of pesto are a true kitchen lifesaver! To find out how to make and freeze pesto click here. Grate a little Parmesan cheese on top if the mood strikes you.

Spread the bread slices out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put under a preheated broiler.  I did mine on the toast/broil setting in a toaster oven and they were done in 6 minutes.  ~

You don't want to over bake them.  Just as they are getting a golden sheen and are a little crisp is the perfect time to take them out of the oven.  Otherwise, they'll be as hard as those jaw breaking mini toasts they sell in a bag.  Cost wise, they were $1 + oil and herbs.  A similar product at the grocery was $2.35.  If you freeze them, they thaw almost instantly.

Plate them up with some cheese, dip or hummus and you are ready to go. ~

Are you saying, "Please tell me those herbs didn't come from the planters that the chickens are roosting on!"? ~

Gertie says, "Mind your own business.  I want to see what is going on in the house!". ~

Gertie never loses faith that, if she pecks at that glass long enough, I'll eventually let her in.  If the kittens keep clawing that screen door, she'll be able to waltz right in!