Alinea’s Cheese in Cracker


I came across a short, easy, fun recipe in the Alinea cookbook called Cheese, in Cracker. The simplicity of a cheese cracker in the Alinea book was all it took to draw my curiosity, so I went about my afternoon snack of cheese crackers.

Cheese, in Cracker

The dough was made the day before and baked the day of. After the crackers puff up, I made a melted cheese sauce. Right before serving, the hot sauce was injected into previously punched holes on the crackers. A bite into the crunchy cracker with hot melted aged Wisconsin cheese, and you will understand why Chef Achatz had to put this simple snack in his book. Seconds later, I found myself making a second batch of crackers. Compared to other dishes in the book, this cheese cracker snack lacks complexity and layers of flavors. The combination of crackers, cheese, and milk also seems rather traditional. What makes this so special, however, is the pure cheesiness in one, hot explosive bite.

Here is a quick recap of the process:

Cutting dough into 1-inch squares
Puffed Crackers out of the Oven
Injecting Hot Wisconsin Cheese Sauce into Crackers
Melted Cheese inside of Each Cracker

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6 comments for “Alinea’s Cheese in Cracker

  1. Junia
    March 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    i love how they puffed up! 🙂

  2. Peggy
    March 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    How neat! Love this cracker idea!

  3. 5 Star Foodie
    March 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Very neat, i like the technique of injecting the melted cheese inside the crackers! Perfect little bites!

  4. A little bit of everything
    March 17, 2011 at 2:32 am

    this technique is new to me but I love it. melted cheese in bite size crackers, mmmm

  5. John
    March 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ok, how much do you want for a box of those? They look quite addicting and I like how you captured each step of the process. Great selection of focus on your shots as well.

  6. Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch)
    July 1, 2011 at 4:36 am

    this is fantastic. I really need that book. thanks for reminding me!

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