Sunday, February 21, 2010
If you remember last year I had made my own cheese it/nips from scratch? That was fun (not) but these were REAL easy! I saw these on Rocquie's blog Sage Trifle. I thought they were real cute.
I did a some tweaking, you know for fun....and for another reason....read on....
adapted from Sage Trifle
2 sleeves saltine crackers
1/4 c. melted butter
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
Onion powder or garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the crackers, salted side up, in single layers on baking sheets. Brush with melted butter (I didn't use all the melted butter, I wasn't being heavy handed), then spread the cheese evenly over the tops. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, to taste (one third had cayenne, one third had onion powder and one third garlic powder, trying for variety).
Bake for 10 minutes and shut off oven. Keep in oven for half an hour more, until crispy and light.
Sage Trifle version: Place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly, but not brown. Remove the trays and turn the oven to 180 degrees. Bake the crackers for 2 hours until very crispy and light. I have a gas oven. I had a problem with using 2 hours of gas for a snack like thing. Wanting to be a bit more resourceful in this economy I baked it higher (checking that they weren't over browning) and just let them dry out in the oven.
Are they the same as Rocquie's? I wouldn't know but they were light and crispy to me...and they tasted very cheesy like the nips/its! Thanks Rocquie, yummy! And K-man raved when I served these to him with some homemade Minstrone Soup!