I pre-ordered the new Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – Foolproof and it finally arrived last week at my office. I could hardly wait to browse through all of the recipes to see what I would make first. After looking through, the Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers just leaped off the page and those would be the first recipe.
I have to say that I am not a jealous person, but today I was. I was browsing facebook today and saw a few of my co-workers who went to
to attend Ina Garten’s in person book signing.
How cool that they got to meet Ina! If you asked me which celebrity chef I would love to meet and hang out with, it would have to be Ina. I have all 7 of her books and this new one
makes eight. Ina has a knack for making
simple recipes that always come out perfect and taste fantastic. It is only appropriate that her latest book
is titled – “Foolproof”.
I read the recipe over a couple times and decided to double the jalapeno and substitute the chipotle chili powder for the traditional version. I found some extra sharp white cheddar cheese from Trader Joe’s that was simply perfect. I just had to indulge in a slice or two of cheddar while making the dough.
These crackers are simple, jam packed with flavor and perfect for the Friday Night Bite series. You can make the dough ahead of time, then simply slice and bake. You can kick these up a notch by serving a bit of chili jam along side. A great wine pairing for these crackers is a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. One of my all time favorites is from KimCrawford from
It is a high-spirited wine that is overflowing with flavors of pineapple
and stone fruit with a hint of herbaceousness.
On the nose is a spray of citrus and tropical fruits along with a slight
grassy undertone. It is bright, fun and
consistently a perfect Sauvignon Blanc in my book. Marlborough, New
Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers
Makes 32 to 34 crackers
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
14 tablespoons cold butter, diced
5 ounces extra sharp white cheddar, grated
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeno pepper
½ teaspoon chili powder
3 tablespoons ice water
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash
Fleur de sel or sea salt
Place the flour, salt and baking powder in a food processor and pulse to mix. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the cheddar, jalapeno, and chili powder and pulse again. With the food processor running, add the ice water all at once. Continue to pulsing until the mixture begins to form a ball. Dump the dough onto a floured board and roll it into a 14-inch log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerator for at least one hour.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Cut the dough in 3/8-inch thick slices. Place the crackers on the prepared sheet pan, brush with the egg wash, and sprinkle with the fleur de sel. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.