These Homemade Parmesan & Thyme Cheese Crackers had me recently taking a trip down memory lane.
Everyone in my inner circle knows how much I struggle with change, or any sort of disruption in my day to day routine actually. It is not one of my finest qualities.
Such awareness in my struggle with change came about nearly two years ago when my most favorite neighbors took a job promotion and moved out of state. While my heart was so happy for them, I was (selfishly) so sad. I cried because they were moving. Cried because their dog would no longer be coming out to greet my dogs on our daily evening strolls. Cried that there would no longer be any “y’all come in for a drink” impromptu hang out sessions with the most amazing parmesan cheese crackers tempting me to sneak them back over to my house.
So. Much. Crying.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 egg
- In a food processor, combine the flour and Parmesan and process briefly to combine. Add the butter, salt, pepper and thyme leaves; pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and pulse again until the mixture comes together.
- Turn the dough out on a lightly floured board or counter and roll into a 13-inch long log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut the log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick slices and place the slices on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Bake for 20- 22 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack. Serve at room temperature.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Serve alone or with olives, cheese, or a dip.
You might just chalk it up to me being a crybaby, because I’m known to be that, too, but I know that while I really adored them as neighbors, it was the change in the familiar that is where my weakness lies.
I was thinking about them recently, both my former neighbors (and their cheese crackers) and decided to head to the kitchen. Making a batch of the Homemade Parmesan Cheese Crackers sent me right back to snacking in her kitchen, and rather than having anything to be sad about, I remembered them fondly, and enjoyed my snacking. I probably need a bit more practice with getting my crackers as thick as hers were, but the taste is similar and the memories even better.
I’m going to always miss them being on the corner, but as the saying goes “Change is the only constant in life”.
Savor your neighbors, friends. The lasting friendship is worth any sadness endured should they relocate. What’s a little road trip, anyway?