Cheddar Cheese Coins
Appetizers aren’t just for parties and gatherings. Whether you just want some snacks for watching tv or something to nibble on while catching up on that novel, this is the cookbook for you. The experts at Cook’s Illustrated have put together 75 “only the best” appetizer recipes to help you find something for any time of the year. All-Time Best Appetizers Cookbook makes it easy to create a spread with everything from things that can be dipped, spread, eaten by the handful or two-bite treats. These Cheddar Cheese Coins, as well as their different variations, would be perfect for a wine and cheese plate or…just to snack on. To find out more about other appetizers and treats for any occasion, go to Cook’s Illustrated’s website.
From the authors: “why this recipe works – When it comes to homemade crackers, you need a recipe that’s easy, versatile, and packs a huge flavor punch. We wanted to come up with a simple, foolproof version that would be cheesy, buttery, and just a little spicy. We started with a full 8 ounces of cheese and a touch of salt, cayenne, and paprika. We used the food processor to combine the dry ingredients and the shredded cheese, which helped to keep the coins tender by limiting the handling of the dough. Adding a little cornstarch with the flour further ensured that the coins baked up flaky and buttery. We processed the dry ingredients with chilled butter until the mixture resembled wet sand, added water, and processed until the dough came together. Next, we rolled the dough into logs, refrigerated them until firm, and then sliced them into thin coins before baking until lightly golden and perfectly crisp. With this simple technique, it’s easy to vary the cheese and flavorings used to suit any taste.”
Recipes courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen from the All-Time Best Appetizers Cookbook. Photo Credit: Joe Keller.
All-Time Best Appetizers Cookbook is the November 2017 selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. All-Time Best Appetizers Cookbook is currently available for purchase at America’s Test Kitchen.