The Spice Ina Garten Uses To Elevate Homemade Cheese Crackers

The Barefoot Contessa has a rather practical approach when it comes to appetizers and entertaining in general. She told Bon Appétit, “I just like to make one thing and then buy the rest. If you’re not careful, making appetizers can take as much time as making dinner.” And when she wants something special, she reaches for her Chipotle Cheddar crackers. 

What is it about these cheese crackers that makes them so delish? In sharing her recipe for these favored snack, Garten told Bon Appétit, “The sharp Vermont Cheddar and spicy chipotle chili powder with crunchy sea salt really wake up everyone’s taste buds. My friends can’t stop eating these!” But the fact that they only require four ingredients, plus some specialty salt, and that they can be made ahead of a dinner or cocktail party, be it for 12 or 24, definitely elevates them in anyone’s party playbook. 

Garten is clearly a fan of making her own crackers. Per Food Network, the celebrity chef also makes a version of these using jalapeno. For those who can’t take the heat, Garten’s parmesan and thyme crackers may be a better fit.


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