Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt

These buttery cheese crackers were dreamed up by Anna May, a member of the online community Food52 who lives in West Dorset, England. The sables are an excellent party snack because they come together quickly and can be made in advance.

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  • Servings: Makes 32 sables

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  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the rosemary and salt. Pulse until a crumbly dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, form the dough into a log 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a mortar, pound the rosemary with the salt until blended.

  3. Using a thin, sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange the sables 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake in the middle and lower thirds of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden; shift the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Sprinkle the hot sables with the rosemary salt and let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer the sables to a rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead

The sables can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days.

Photo © James Ransom Published January 2015

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