I found this recipe in the food section of the Washington Post and was immediately intrigued. As a fan of blue cheese, and gorgonzola in particular, I was sure that I would love these crispy little crackers. And as an added bonus, the recipe seemed so simple. I tested the recipe for a party and found myself enjoying them so much that I needed to make a second batch to actually feed our guests. Yes, they are that good. Think of them as a Cheez-it for adults. Yum!
4 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
8 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup flour, plus more for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the butter, salt, gorgonzola cheese, cayenne pepper, and flour in a food processor and pulse until a ball of dough forms.
- Lightly dust a work surface and a rolling pin with flour.
- Divide the dough in half. Working with one portion at a time, roll out a rectangle to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Re-dust the rolling pin and work surface as needed. Fold and roll as many times as needed to form a tidy 6 by 9 inch rectangle.
- Using a long sharp knife, slice the rectangle of dough to create 18 pieces that are 1/2 inch wide and 6 inches long.
- Use a thin spatula to transfer them to a heavy baking sheet, arranging them close together but not touching. Repeat with the remaining dough on another sheet.
- Sprinkle generously with salt.
- Bake one sheet at a time for 20 to 25 minute or until the straws just begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Yields: 36 straws