Thursday, December 27, 2012

Friday Night Bites | Bacon Parmesan Crackers

Christmas came and went in a blink of an eye this year.  I guess I say that every year, but it seems to speed up each year.  I enjoy each and every moment, especially watching the faces of my four nephews opening their gifts and seeing their eyes light up.  This year I was in charge of bringing appetizers for our Christmas celebration at my parent’s house.  Surprise huh?

After debating over several choices, I knew one was for sure.  I had pinned these crackers some time ago and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make these bacon and cheese delights. I spied folks going in for seconds, thirds and fourths – then I stopped paying attention.  The multiple times to the plate were the only validation I needed to certify that these were a winner.

It was a magical day just spending time with my family.  We shared many laughs and lively conversation.  We ate really well.  We enjoyed the rainy and chilly day by the roaring fire that never stopped burning.  We opened gifts and saw many small boys get very excited over certain “requested” toys and other toys not requested got rave reviews.  We took cat naps.  We enjoyed my sister’s handmade English crackers during brunch and dinner with wonderful surprises in each.  We saw my Dad moving around extremely well since having his surgery four months ago.  Most of all, we enjoyed the spirit of Christmas and spending time together as a family!

Since the dough freezes beautifully, so I doubled the recipe so hubby and I could enjoy these tasty crackers for our traditional Friday Night Bites with a glass of chilled Sancerre. 

Bacon Parmesan Crackers

Makes 60 to 70 crackers

2 Cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
10 Grinds of fresh pepper
2 Tablespoons, chopped chives
1 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter
½ Cup Heavy cream
8 slices Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Put the flour, salt, cheese and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the flour and butter are combined. Add about ½ cup cream or half-and-half and let machine run for a bit; continue to add liquid a teaspoon at a time, until the mixture holds together but is not sticky.  Add the bacon and pulse a few times to incorporate. 

Transfer the dough to a large square of parchment or wax paper.  Shape the dough into a long rectangle with a 1-inch square cross-section. Wrap tightly in the paper and freeze for at least 3 hours. 

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Slice the dough ¼-inch thick, arranging the cookies ½-inch apart on the baking sheet.  Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack; serve warm or at room temperature or store in a tin for a few days


  1. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas! These crackers look impossible to resist, I can see they disappeared in a flash! :)

  2. Happy to hear that you had such a lovely Christmas, Lisa!

    Your Parmesan crackers look amazing! (I adore anything that involves bacon!).

  3. Lisa, these sound wonderful! Love bacon in anything but never thought to put it in crackers!

  4. When all is combined, then what do you do after you freeze them??? when are they baked or cooked to make them crackers? jana

    1. Jana - thanks for the comment! I write my posts in Word and then copy into blogger. This time, I missed the last two parts to the recipe when copying. Happy Holidays to you!!

  5. So glad your Christmas was great and it's always nice to have a snack that everyone loves, they do look really tasty!

  6. I'm liking all these savory crackers! First, Jean posted her savory cheese crackers, now yours! Ooh-la-la...did you say bacon? Love it already!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful holiday Lisa;-)
    Your crackers look delish, love the applewood smoked bacon, nice addition!

  8. These crackers will be perfect for New Year's Eve!

  9. I'm happy you had a nice Christmas, Lisa. Pass me a plate of these, please!:)

  10. Sounds like you had a great Christmas! These crackers look incredible, love the flavor of them. Definitely going to be on the list of things to make soon!

  11. Glad you had such a lovely Christmas :) These crackers would make a great addition to New Years festivities :)

  12. thanks for sharing..

  13. You know how much I love savory crackers--I just know these are awesome!


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