Monday, February 18, 2013

Cheese "Crackers"

When switching to a low carb diet, one of the things I missed the most was crunchy snacks. Especially cheese flavored crunchy snacks!

These "crackers" are very easy to make as they are just melted cheese!

I recommend using a leaner cheese for these. The fat in the cheese will run out leaving you with just the protein part, so the less fat in the cheese, the more cracker you'll end up with. I like Monterey Jack the best. Monterey Jack has a very bland flavor that lends itself well to this application. So far my favorite flavoring is smoked paprika and garlic powder, but they taste great plain too.

Heat oven to 400 deg F.

Cut Monterey Jack cheese into squares.

I use parchment paper or a silicon mat on top of a baking sheet to control stickage. Place the squares on a baking sheet in whatever way works for you to prevent stickage.

Once the oven is fully pre-heated, place the baking sheet in the oven in the middle rack. It's really important that you wait for the oven to be fully preheated so the cheese melts and solidifies quickly, otherwise, it might run excessively.

Watch these while they are in the oven. Generally mine are done in about 5 minutes. When the edges are brown you know it's time to pull them out.

Let them cool for about 5-10 minutes and enjoy! If they are a little greasy, just soak it up with a paper towel.

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