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Pair these flavorful and easy to make Parmesan Herb Crackers with a delicious spread and a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable get together with family and friends!
There’s nothing more relaxing to me than kicking back with a great bottle of wine (or two!) and enjoying a lazy afternoon with friends. It’s the perfect way to let go of the cares of the day and just enjoy each others company, especially on a warm summer day. It doesn’t get much better!
My friends love to eat, so it wouldn’t be a party without delicious food, too. And it’s impossible to go wrong with a classic combo like cheese and crackers, which pairs so well with wine.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to make crackers from scratch, and I finally tried it. After experimenting with different recipes and flavors, I discovered that it couldn’t be easier.
These Parmesan Herb Crackers are ready in minutes, but don’t tell that to your guests … just let them be super impressed that you made your own crackers!
These tasty cheese crackers pair so well with a delicious spread, a big bunch of grapes, and a bottle of Chardonnay for easy, yet elegant entertaining.
I especially love these Parmesan Herb Crackers with Notable chardonnay, which comes in two distinct flavor profiles: oaky and buttery or fruity and crisp. Notable is the first wine that highlights these profiles right on the front of the label, which makes choosing the perfect wine so simple.
If you’ve ever stood in the wine aisle totally perplexed (I’ve been there), this wine is for you! Wines can vary in style, region, and taste, but most labels don’t define the delightful flavor you’re about to sip.
Notable wine elegantly showcases its taste right on the front label to lead you to the wine you want … just follow the flavor notes!
I love tasting different wines and comparing the different flavors. And Notable makes this super easy with their two distinct Chardonnays!
If you looking for a fun party activity, pick up one bottle of each Notable Chardonnay (or more depending on the number of guests). Then, taste the wines side by side and see if your guest can pick out the differences between each bottle.
Of course, since Notable showcases the flavor notes of their wines right on their label, you’ll want to cover the labels up.
Keep reading after the cracker recipe, because I’m sharing a fun music-themed label that you can use to hold your own blind wine tasting.
How to Make Parmesan Herb Crackers
So let’s talk about these delish crackers! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make crackers from scratch, this is the recipe for you.
I know homemade crackers might seem a little fiddly, but I promise you that making these crackers couldn’t be easier.
To start, you’re going to mix together your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and salt). I flavored my crackers with Parmesan cheese, dried basil and thyme, and a little garlic powder, and these ingredients get mixed with the flour, too. I’m also sharing tips at the end of the post for customizing flavorings, so make sure to read to the end.
Then, you’ll stir in a little olive oil and water . And that’s really all there is to making your dough … it takes 10 minutes max!
After your dough is mixed, you’ll roll it out super thin … about an 1/8 of an inch or less. The thinner your crackers are, the crispier they’ll be once they’re baked.
Next you’ll add the toppings: sesame and poppy seeds, plus a sprinkle of salt. Make sure to use a coarse or flaky salt for the topping. I made half of my crackers with sesame and poppy seeds, and half without. Both were delish!
The trick to cutting the crackers quickly is using a pizza cutter. It goes so fast! And then your homemade cheese crackers can be baked to golden perfection.
Honestly, the hardest thing about these yummy Parmesan Herb Crackers is trying not to eat the whole batch. They’re that good, so make a batch, invite your friends over, and serve them with your favorite Notable Chardonnay!
Pairs these delicious Parmesan Herb Crackers with a bottle of your favorite wine for effortless entertaining!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- parchment paper
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp coarse or flaky salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place oven rack in lower third of oven.
Mix together flour, Parmesan, sugar, salt, basil, thyme, and garlic powder with a fork.
Stir in olive oil and water until a ball of dough forms.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface; sprinkle lightly with flour.
Transfer half of the dough to the parchment paper and shape into a rough rectangle.
Using a rolling pin, roll out dough until it's about 1/8-inch thick (or less).
Sprinkle dough with half of the toppings, if using, then lightly press toppings into dough using your hands. Prick dough all over with a fork.
Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into rectangles about 1 x 2-inches. (No need to measure and don't worry if some of your crackers aren't perfectly rectangular. They'll still taste great.)
Transfer parchment paper to a baking sheet, then separate crackers slightly.
Repeat process with remaining dough.
Bake crackers until browned on edges, about 12 to 15 minutes. (If some of the crackers on the outside of your pan brown faster, remove them so they don't burn, then continue baking other crackers.)
Cool crackers on baking sheet, then serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to use. Enjoy!
Now that you know how to make these delicious homemade crackers, let’s set up your blind wine tasting!
I went with a fun musical design for the labels to go with the Notable bottle! Simply print the labels (keep scrolling for the free file), then cut them out. Make sure to leave the extra white part on the end of the label so you have enough length to wrap around your bottle.
Then, I took a gold marker and added numbers to the labels. This way, you and your guests can keep track of which bottle is which.
Attach the labels to the bottles with a little transparent tape.
To hold your blind wine tasting, have your guest try one bottle of Notable Chardonnay first. Ask your guest to describe what they’re tasting, and see if they can pick out the distinct flavors.
Remember, there’s an oaky and buttery Chardonnay and a fruity and crisp Chardonnay. I recommend taking a pic of each label so you remember this info once the tasting begins.
Then, have your guests try the other wine and repeat the process. Do they have a favorite wine?
Taste the wines with the Parmesan Herb Crackers, too, and see which wine your friends prefer with the crackers. There really are no wrong answers … it’s all part of the fun!
To download the free printable blind wine tasting label, click anywhere on the image below (expect the Pin Me! button).
For best results, print the label at full-size on card stock paper.
Tips for Customizing Your Homemade Savory Crackers
I love the combination of Parmesan and herbs in this recipe for homemade crackers.
My recipe is just a fun starting point though, so feel free to customize the flavors to your taste. Here are some easy ideas:
- Replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour to make whole grain crackers.
- Use different herbs and spices. Pretty much anything from rosemary to fennel or even chili powder and cumin will work, so get creative.
- Swap in a different cheese, like cheddar or Gouda, for the Parmesan. I recommend using a harder, aged cheese. Avoid soft cheeses because they might change the consistency of your dough.
- Cut your crackers into different shapes and sizes.
Now that you know how to make these easy Parmesan Herb Crackers, make sure to stop by your favorite store to pick up Notable Chardonnay, then do your own blind wine tasting! And follow Notable on Facebook and Instagram for even more fun ideas.
What is your favorite wine and food pairing?