Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pecan Cheddar Wafers | Friday Night Bites

There is something about a crisp, handmade satisfying cracker and a glass of wine that just sets the weekend in the right direction.  While browsing through an older issue of Saveur (November 2013) I came across this article that highlighted the pecan and the south. It was titled Southern Belle.  I was instantly drawn to the Pecan Cheese Wafer recipe.  I changed it up slightly. Despite only visiting Arkansas, I have yet to explore the south and have such a fascination that is dying to be satisfied.  I guess I could equate myself to being a “Southophile” versus a Francophile.

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The south is on my bucket list to visit.  The places and/or states would be:  New Orleans, Memphis, North and South Carolina and Georgia to begin with and many others to follow.  Since the “pecan” is so southern, this recipe just sang to me and was on the list of must makes.  If you want to make more, simply double the recipe to yield more.

Once you bite into one of these enchanting crackers you sense a slight crunch then the cheese simply fills your mouth and next comes the slight bite from the heat of the cayenne and finally the crunch and richness of the pecan sits on your palate.   The end result was a crunchy, cheesy and delightful cracker that paired perfectly with a sauvignon blanc or a Pinot Noir. 

Pecan Cheddar Wafers

Makes 30

6 Tablespoons flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
1 egg white beaten
30 large pecan pieces

Pulse flour, salt and cayenne pepper in a food processor until combined.  Add cheese, butter and cream, pulse until dough is holding together.  Form dough into a square log that is inch in diameter.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour or overnight.

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Slice the log into ¼ inch slices.  Transfer to a cookie sheet that is non-stick or lined with parchment paper.  Brush lightly with egg white and gently press a pecan piece in the center of each cracker.  Bake until firm and crispy, about 12 to 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.


  1. What irresistible wafers, I love the pecan and cheddar pairing!

  2. These look amazing, and I love the addition of sweet pecans to the cheddar crackers! This is going on my summer list of new recipes to try. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  3. Adding this to pinterest. I love pecans.

  4. We have a long list of must-visit places in the South too. I can't wait to try these savory pecan crackers. They look heavenly!

  5. There's something about a homemade cracker that gets my taste buds singing and I don't know anyone else (besides you) who enjoys making them as much as I do. Love the flavors you've put together here, Lisa. I could live on this and wine!

    Thanks so much for dropping by L&A--hope to see you soon!

  6. umm yes please:) I want some! Cheddar and pecans who could resist? I love that they are in a small wafer size bite so as to be the perfect appetizers. I might throw in a touch of hot sauce into mine. My husband has to have his hot sauce:) LOL!


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