Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers

My brother, his girlfriend, Kramer, and I had a pretty fantastic weekend! I haven’t had a chance to go through the photos that I took on my real camera, so for now, I can share some quick snapshots that I took with my phone. We went to a bar and played some games with Morgan, saw the newest Harry Potter movie, Dane showed off his mojito making skills, enjoyed some beers and dumplings from the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck at the Lot on Tap underneath the Highline, went to the Museum of the Moving Image to see the new Jim Henson exhibit, as well as a Chewbacca mask, relaxed with some drinks on our balcony, and, of course, I annoyed Kramer by having a camera in his face the entire time. Today, Dane and Erica are going to Coney Island, and I’m jealous that they get to go ride the Cyclone while Kramer and I have to go to work! I suppose it’s alright though, because we have one more fantastic dinner ahead of us tonight, and I’m really looking forward to it!

I was contacted by Di Palo Selects a week or so ago, and I was immediately interested in working with them, as they are a small specialty Italian foods shop actually located in Little Italy, which, believe it or not, is quite rare these days. You can read about their journey here, but it’s really great to see that a place like Di Palo can still exist in the age of sterile supermarket chains. They asked if I would be interested in trying out some of their Grana Padno cheese, and if I would also like to give a big block of it away to one of my readers. Cheese, especially nice cheese, doesn’t come cheap, so I’m so happy that I get to give some of it away. Grana Padano is a lot like Parmigiano-Reggiano, but it’s a bit creamier, and honestly, less expensive than Parmigiano-Reggiano, so it’s the perfect authentic substitute if you’re trying to stay on a budget. I love the grainy texture of this cheese, and it really lends itself well to these buttery little crackers. I had to add bacon, of course, along with some fresh thyme and scallions for lots of flavor. If you’ve never made crackers yourself before, I really hope that these will convince you to give it a try! They are so simple to make and your guests will be quite impressed when you tell them that you made the crackers that look like they were purchased in a store. They are the perfect snack to put out among some charcuterie, bread, and olive oil.

Now, on to the fun stuff: to enter to win a block of Grana Padano cheese from Di Palo Selects, simply leave a comment here on this post, being sure to leave your email address so that I am able to contact you! You can help to spread the word about local businesses like Di Palo Selects and enjoy some Italian cheese at the same time; what’s better than that? This give away will run until Friday, July 22nd and is open to all US residents.

Update: Congrats to Jenn from Indiana on winning the Grana Padano!


Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
What you’ll need.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Your Grana Padano.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
In a food processor, pulse together your flour, salt, cheese, crumbled bacon, butter, scallions, and thyme, until coarse crumbs form.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Slowly add in the cream, until the dough comes together. You may not need to use it all, but I did.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Drop the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Roll it out into a 1/2-inch to 1/4-inch thickness and cut it into whatever shapes you like.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Place the crackers on a lined baking sheet, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and bake at 400 degrees F for 10-11 minutes, until lightly golden and firm.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Allow to cool and enjoy!

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
These crackers will keep well at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Bacon, Cheese, & Scallion Crackers
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 40 crackers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped finely
  • 3 scallions, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves only
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, grated cheese, cubed butter, bacon, scallions, thyme, and salt until coarse crumbs form. Gradually add in the heavy cream, until the dough comes together (you may not need to use all of the cream). Alternatively, you can do all of this with clean hands or a pastry cutter if you don't have a food processor.
  2. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it's ½-inch thick or ¼-inch thick, completely depending upon your preference and how many crackers you want to make. Cut out the crackers with a cookie cutter, a shot glass, or whatever else you like. Sprinkle them with fleur de sel or sea salt and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until golden and firm. Allow to cool completely before serving.

 

151 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    These look delicious! I have a daughter that is a cheese cracker addict, so she will adore these :)

  2. Sarah says:

    These look AMAZING. I’ve never made crackers, so I think these will have to be the destination for my maiden voyage! And I am so happy to read about Di Palo Selects making it– it’s always more rewarding to shop in small stores and support local business. Count me an entry! :-)

  3. Leah says:

    Made my first batch of crackers over the weekend. They’re good, but plain, so I can’t wait to try this recipe. These crackers look wonderful!

  4. Mary says:

    These look great. I have a daughter with a cheese cracker addiction, so she will be in heaven lol

  5. Caitlin says:

    I’ve been wanting to try making crackers for awhile now, and you’ve got my mouth watering with the cheese, thyme, and of course, bacon! Thanks for the great recipe, I can’t wait to try them!

  6. Melissa says:

    I love Grana Padno!

  7. Stacey says:

    hmmm… I’ve always wanted to try my hand at homemade crackers, and this just may be the recipe! Grana Padano and bacon – YUM!

  8. Daniela says:

    mmmm! Those crackers look great. If I had that cheese I would attempt to make them.

  9. Yvonne G says:

    These sound amazing. I can’t wait to make them to serve at my next cocktail party! Good job, you are such an inspiration.

  10. Joe says:

    my trainer will be quite displeased. and i don’t care at all!

  11. Jessica says:

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them.

  12. Jen says:

    Oooh! Crackers are something I always thought couldn’t be made at home. I don’t know why, they just seemed untouchable. To the recipe box!

  13. adrienne says:

    Cheese = best giveway ever!

  14. Eva says:

    Cheese is basically my life, so I would be totally psyched to try this kind!

  15. willy says:

    sounds delicious!

  16. Meredith says:

    I had crackers similar to these on my Christmas baking list and never got to them. I’m re-inspired!

  17. George says:

    Awesome! Perfect recipe to christen my new oven with

  18. Emily says:

    I am a little too obsessed with cheese. these crackers look delicious!!

  19. Kerryanna says:

    These look SO great and I adore Grana Padano cheese. I have fresh thyme and scallions in my garden and can’t wait to try these. I wonder if the lemon thyme would add a nice summery flavor……
    K

  20. Rhea says:

    Bacon. Cheese. Scallions. You sold me – these look amazing!

  21. Liz says:

    Looks delicious. I want that cheese! :)

  22. Mary Prevost says:

    The crackers look so delish that I MUST make them…and of course it would be awesome to have the wonderful Grana Padano (psst – we’re cheese lovers so ANY excuse to have cheese – these crackers incl – is a good excuse for us : )

  23. Emily D. says:

    I’ve actually been cracker recipes for some time now, but I think I will definitely have to make these in the near future.

  24. Kelly says:

    Mmmm!! My husband is vegetarian, so I may try making them without the bacon… Then again, I might make them just for me instead ;)

  25. tammy says:

    These look SO good!! What could be better cheese onion and bacon!!! Yummy!!!

  26. Gabrielle says:

    sounds delicious!

  27. Jill_R says:

    That’s so cool that Di Palo Selects is making it– it’s always more rewarding to I would love to win something from them. The recipie looks great too. Count me in for the contest too!

  28. Mary says:

    These look amazing! Would love to win the cheese & make them!

  29. Sara says:

    These look DELICIOUS! I love small local shops, especially ones that specialize in food :)

  30. Katie says:

    Yum! If we had a food processor or blender, I’d so try these!

  31. Khyra's Mom says:

    They look SO tasty!

    Of course, please count us in for CHEESE!

    Behold The Power of Cheese!

  32. Pat says:

    Cool giveaway! Cheese, cheese and cheese!

  33. Liz says:

    Wow! These look fantastic!

  34. Cheryl Newton says:

    Fancy-schmancy cheese? *drool*

  35. fran says:

    omg. cheese giveaway. world’s best giveaway. fvmusumeci @ gmail dot com

  36. Anthony says:

    You’re right about the price of good Parmigiano-Reggiano; I sometimes use Pecorino Romano as a substitute, though it’s a bit saltier. We have a great Italian market nearby, Sorrento’s ( http://tinyurl.com/3w6o43y ) It’s well-worth the trip for anyone in the LA area.

  37. Jill says:

    Mmm, cheese. I don’t think there’s a better food on earth!

  38. Dianne says:

    I always see Grana Pandano advertised before Lidia’s Italy (The Italian grandmother I wish I had!) on PBS, but have never been able to find it near me! Would love to win some!

  39. Laura says:

    If you’re willing to ship to Canada, I’d love to try this recipe with that lovely sounding cheese! I just finally got a full-sized food processor [hooray for wedding gifts!] and I’m excited to use it!

  40. Heather says:

    I’m from WI, and know the importance of cheese, so I would love to win this!

  41. Caitlin H. says:

    Sydney, these crackers – like all your yummy concoctions – look wonderful! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now – having never commented before – but with the hope of cheese on the way, how could I not? Keep up the inspired ideas!

  42. Dani says:

    Mmmm, these look SO good! I could probably munch down a whole batch at once, haha…
    And cheese as a give-away? That is so fantastic.

  43. Jen says:

    These look *amazing*.

    Cheese, please!

  44. Katherine says:

    Do you really mean to write, to roll it out half an inch to a quarter inch thick?
    That seems awfully thick for a cracker — I would roll it 1/4 to 1/8.
    Sounds like a wonderful recipe.

    I live a long way from New York, will have to look for a local source …

  45. Lindsey says:

    Ooooh, this recipe looks so good! Hope I win the cheese!

  46. Carrie says:

    do you recommend any spreads in particular with these crackers or is it best to eat them plain?

  47. Stephanie says:

    I *love* cheese more than almost anything else in the world. Yum!

  48. Lisa says:

    I love love love cooking and eating cheese. So versatile!

  49. The thought of these crackers has my mouth watering!
    Glad to hear you have had such a fun time with your bother in town. Enjoy your dinner tonight. Are you cooking for him or going out?

  50. Megan Wallace says:

    Mmm! Looks wonderful. I only tried home made crackers once, and they didn’t turn out so good. It was during Christmas time, and I think I might have put baking powder in there on accident? Not sure, but these look perfect <3

  51. Sarah says:

    these crackers look AWESOME. YUM!

  52. Michelle says:

    Cheese happens to be my favorite food!

  53. Erin says:

    I made a point to ride the Cyclone when I was visiting the city a couple weeks ago & it was, by far, the worst coaster I have EVER been on hahaha. I’ve traveled around a lot & I’ve been on over 70 different coasters & this was the only one that’s made me fear for my well being! It was definitely an experience.

  54. Beth says:

    Oh, yum. These crackers look delicious.

  55. Denae says:

    These crackers look so tasty. I have never made my own crackers, but I think these will be the ones I try first!

  56. Kim says:

    Oh MAN, I can’t wait to make these! They look so simple, and sound awesome. Boychild will like them too; the bacon wins all around in his book!

    And who doesn’t love cheese? ;)

  57. Abby Carr says:

    YUM! Your pics and words make my mouth water. :)

  58. iiiiitsgg says:

    i’ll definitely try these! last time i made crackers they were kind of burnt and too thick, so i’ve been wanting to try again.

  59. These are making my mouth water! I’m vegetarian, so I would leave out the bacon, but thyme and cheese together? It sounds wonderful!

  60. yoni191 says:

    Cheese is my BFF. Seriously.

  61. Heather Acker says:

    Hi! Oh my goodness those crackers look good!!! I’ll have to try making them soon. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  62. Heather E says:

    These look delish!

  63. Kim says:

    Salty, bacon, cheese – does NOT get any better!

  64. nina says:

    cheese is my favorite food!! yum yum yum!

  65. Eric says:

    Cheese, bacon, and crackers! All combined into one! What else does one need?

  66. Oh yum, these look so good! I wish I had a big bowl sitting next to me at my desk right now!

  67. emma says:

    Sounds delicious. i’ll have to try them!

  68. sara says:

    Ooooh, Grana Padana is such a tasty cheese, I’d love to win some! Those crackers look fantastic – love that they have both cheese AND bacon! :)

  69. Anne says:

    I’ve been on a cracker-making tear lately, and can’t wait to try this recipe, yum!

  70. Jari says:

    I usually suck at trying to make crackers, but *this* recipe looks like one I can do. Thanks for sharing this [and all the other creations you post].

  71. AlphaOmega says:

    I’ve never made crackers, but these look wonderful! Bacon and cheese? Delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

  72. Jodee Rose says:

    Ooh, I need to make these. I am intolerant of most leavening so I am always happy to find a good cracker recipe without it… and it has most of my favorite things in it! =D

  73. Katie says:

    I am moving to New York from Edmonton Alberta in September because my boyfriend got a job out there and me stumbling upon your blog gives me hope for surviving in the big apple :) I can’t wait to have time to make some of your delicious recipes!

  74. Mia McCaulley says:

    I absolutely love cheese, I have a dwindling variety in my fridge now!

  75. Those crackers look amazing! Glad you had such a wonderful weekend.

  76. Shannon says:

    I love cheese!

  77. John Ford says:

    really good parm is a beautiful thing… molto grazie…

  78. TJ says:

    Looks like a great store–I’ll be sure to stop by next time in New York.

  79. GYM says:

    mmm they look delicious!

  80. sharon c says:

    There’s no such thing as bad cheese…

  81. Jennifer G says:

    These look SO AMAZING!! I’d love some Grana Padano to make these myself. :)

  82. barbara says:

    Never made crackers but want to try this recipe. Thanks

  83. Sara says:

    Mmmmm, those look amazing!

  84. Meryl says:

    Ooh, those crackers look sooo good!

  85. Louis says:

    Great giveaway!

  86. I love cheeses!!!! And I love crackers!!! YUM-O!

  87. Jamie says:

    I’m definitely going to try making those crackers, they look fantastic! Also, cheese is basically a reason to live, so double fantasticness! :D

  88. ljmh says:

    cheese – what’s not to love?!?!

  89. Bri says:

    I have never made crackers before but now they are are on my to-do list!! And that cheese sounds yummy, I would love to win some (assuming of course the contest is open to us up here in Canada)

  90. Sarah says:

    These look and sound delicious. I’ve been a long time reader, but never commented. I’m breaking my silence with the yummy goodness of bacon and cheese!

  91. Jenn says:

    I love your blog and I love cheese! Perfect combination!

  92. alsmouse says:

    OOHHH, real Grana Padano, swoon. I live in a wasteland for any real Italian groceries. I have yet to find a real Italian grocery or deli in the state. Most people here think Italian dining is thin red sauce on overcooked pasta. I live here for the location but I truly miss having a real Italian grocery or deli to drop into for the traditional items.
    ~C8>

  93. CJ says:

    These crackers are on my “To Make” list, yum!

  94. Stacy says:

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend with your brother! This recipe looks great! It reminds me of a Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread I love to make…a little sweet, a little savory. Thanks as usual for sharing!

  95. Deanna says:

    Linked here from livejournal. Those look absolutely fantastic, and I’m definitely curious about the cheese! *crosses fingers*

  96. Angelina says:

    I’m not much of a baker, but this makes me want to spend a little time in the kitchen! Bacon, cheese and scallions are my FAVES!

  97. Mindy Chung says:

    I swear, I am going to die of a heart attack one day from eating too much cheese ;p
    These look amazing *o*

  98. Erin Slattery says:

    Ty for the giveaway. I absolutely love cheese.

  99. Valerie says:

    To heck with my diet. I have to make those crackers!

  100. Kirsten says:

    I’d love to try the cheese. (And the crackers!) I’ve been a tad jealous ever since my dad went on a cooking trip to Tuscany.

    (email stormcloude -at- yahoo)

  101. Leah says:

    Ooh, those look so good! Bookmarking for later :)

  102. Jen M O says:

    Oh, I love cheese! Cheese with crackers are the best snack! Thank you.

  103. Corisa says:

    Cheese does make everything better !

  104. M says:

    this recipe looks great – wonder if it would work with vegetarian bacon?

  105. Lynne says:

    Those crackers look so good. For some reason I don’t ever think of making my own crackers.

    I would love to win the cheese!! I love cheese. Thanks for the chance.

  106. Rita says:

    I would love to win the cheese! Those crackers look delicious. I have never tried making my own, but I think I will have to make those sometime soon
    rncstrong at gmail dot com

  107. Lindsey says:

    yay! these look delish! :-)

  108. Jan says:

    I love cheese and especially hard flavorful cheese

  109. Krista says:

    The cheese and crackers look yummy!!

  110. Cody says:

    These sound amazing! I have been compiling recipes from your gorgeous site to try out on my boyfriend as soon as he comes home from his military station in Bahrain and this has been added!

  111. Sare says:

    Omninomnomnom….

    I used Grana padana in the sliders for my sister’s wedding and have been obsessed ever since. These crackers are making me drool!

  112. Amy says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and I really enjoy it. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy cooking!

  113. Aimee says:

    Cheese and bacon is a perfect combination!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  114. Casey says:

    These look delicious!! I’ve never made crackers, but they sound like they would go excellent with the anti-pasto platters I make up for company!

    Love the idea! Keep them coming!

    Squirescl@gmail.com

  115. Charlene says:

    Love these!

  116. Ashley says:

    mmmm.. these sound fabulous!

  117. lola says:

    “Pick me! Pick me!” -Ron White. Zee crackerrss… zhey looke zo taztee…oh wait, that’s French. Mama mia!! Thatza beeuutiful crackersa, no?

  118. cnv says:

    i love bacon and cheese… who doesn’t?!

    and Grana padana cheese? i don’t think i’ve ever tried =)

  119. heather says:

    What I wouldn’t give to try some delicious cheese! Here in the sad fancy food desert that is the mid-Panhandle of Florida, I am so jelly about all of your food finds and fantastic adventures.

  120. caitlin says:

    The crackers sound fabulous and I would LOVE to try some of that cheese!

  121. Kimberly says:

    Cheese and Crackers are a good midnight snack.

  122. Wynne says:

    Totally a cheese convert. As a kid, my mom couldn’t get me to eat delicious things like cheese- only tofu and mashed carrots for me!

  123. Tanya says:

    yum, I’ve never made crackers before but might have to try these!

  124. Jamie says:

    CHEEEEEESE!

  125. Nise says:

    Bacon+Cheese+cracker=Happy Dance!

  126. J says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making my own crackers. I am going to have to try these, great recipe.

  127. Hilary Lemon says:

    The sea salt is calling me…

    hilarywlemon at gmail

  128. Jane M says:

    Love the cookie cutter you used to make these nice crackers. I’m all about the visual – and TASTE of course as well!

  129. Caroline says:

    This seems like a recipe that would make a great gift. Just put them in a stylish container- it would be surely special!

    And cheese is always awesome too! :D

  130. Jennifer Parks says:

    I could live off of cheese and crackers and never be tired of it. Thanks for this great-looking recipe!

    Jennifer

  131. Audrey says:

    I love yummy cheese and am collecting recipes for when I have my own kitchen and a budget that allows experimentation :)

  132. lambchop says:

    I love Grana Padano! I prefer it to Parmesan; and it’s a great substitute at a better price.

  133. Elaine says:

    Everything’s better with cheese. And bacon. Yum, pick me! Off to make the Jacques Torres cookies…

  134. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    It’d be nice to win some cheese when our family eats sooo much of it!
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  135. Caroline says:

    mmm night cheese. this sounds great, i remember when i first moved out my mom almost cried when she saw the artificial kraft parm cheese in my fridge

  136. Sand says:

    These look so delicious! I may attempt to make them later this month.

  137. Amy says:

    Oh, I have been wanting to make crackers at home for a while. I should really get over my roommate’s teasing and just make them.

    (doulosgurl at hotmail.com)

  138. Mrs. Puma says:

    This looks awesome! And I’d love to win some cheese!
    epuma{at}pumalifeblog{dot}com

  139. Margaret Denny says:

    Those crackers look lovely, and fairly simple to make. I would love to win the cheese, but I am also going to look into getting some of it for this recipe.

    Margaret at fnorky dot com

  140. Lori Farmer says:

    I love crackers and this recipe sounds absolutely delish. Love your blog and your recipes, don’t stop sharing with us!

    Cheese, cheese, what a divine food group by itself – please enter me in the give-a-way and thank you!

  141. JH says:

    I need that cheese wheel. My body needs the enzymes!

  142. Ben says:

    I actually found DiPalo a month or two ago and ordered several things, they’re great! (The balsamic vinegars though can really tear a hole in your wallet, hehe)

  143. TomH says:

    Looks good. I’ll try it.

  144. Stephanie says:

    mmhmmm, bacon…and cheese :)

  145. Brittani says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe:)

  146. Jess says:

    Just made these. Delish!

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