Thursday, July 15, 2010

Parmesan Crackers (sugar free • gluten free • low carb • gaps)

I made my 2nd batch of these tonight. They are so good with cream cheese or some other type of cheese spread on them. You can top them with all kinds of things really... or just eat them plain!

This recipe uses almond meal. Almond meal is made up completely of ground up almonds. Check out this great article for the benefits of Almonds.

Parmesan Crackers

1 1/2 cups of almond meal
1 1/2 cups of Parmesan cheese (grated is best)
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of dried Thyme (or more)
3-4 tablespoons of water (or as needed to hold the dough together)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all the ingredients, except for the water, in a bowl and blend well, or place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended.
3. Add the water to the mixture and blend until the mixture forms a ball of dough. Only add enough water to hold it together - avoid making it too moist.
4. Place the dough on a Silpat baking mat or other non-stick baking surface (such as parchment paper) and top it with a piece of parchment paper. Roll the dough out until it is thin enough to be a cracker (about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in thickness).
5. Score the flattened dough with pizza cutter or knife to make square crackers and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the crackers are browned on the top. They are crunchy when they are browned on top. They also brown on the bottom. Don't be afraid to brown these, they don't burn that easily.
6. Cool and enjoy!

Tips: If you are not going to be using up your almond meal within a couple of weeks, store it in the freezer to keep it fresh. Buy a couple of bags, store one in an airtight container in the pantry and the rest in the freezer. The cheapest I have found it, is at Trader Joe's. They sell it for $3.99 a bag. You can buy it at the regular grocery store, as they usually carry the Bob's Red Mill brand, but that is usually around $14 per bag. Big difference!


Gina said...

L and I will be over for itch-free muffins!! :)

BTW, I have heard that Bob's Red Mill is a little grainy anyway!

Laura said...

Gina... come by tonight and Lo is welcome to have one! And yes, Bob's Red Mill almond flour may be a little grainy, but I do used their brand for the flax seed meal (which I also buy at Trader Joe's), and it is delicious!