Homemade Cheez-Its

I'm the first to admit that I love me some junk food. The salty sweet combo is one of my faves and though I try to keep 'em to a minimum, when I do snack I want it to be the real deal. I love Cheez-Its but if you check out the ingredients there are some questionable fillers like petroleum that I'd rather keep out of my body.

I played with this recipe, originally for cheese straws, and made it my own. It's really simple, fast and is great for parties or as a road trip snack. I enjoy making the cheeze-its spicy and cheddar cheese gives them their familiar orange color. However, the recipe is versatile, so feel free to experiment. I have used bleu and parmesan cheese, as well as Italian seasoning.

Homemade Cheez-Its

1 1/2 cups cheese, (I used Cheddar and Gruyere) 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces

3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon sriracha garlic sauce

1/2 teaspoon paprika 

1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence 

1 tablespoon half & half

Preheat oven to 375. In a food processor combine all ingredients, except half & half and mix until combine. Pour in half & half and pulse for 10 seconds until a dough ball begins to form. On a floured surface roll out dough until about 1/8 inch thick and cut into roughly 1 inch squares with a pasta roller. Bake until barely golden, roughly 15 minutes. 

Dad's Caesar Dressing

Few things have lived in such acclaim as my father's Caesar salad dressing. Any dinner we were ever invited too, we were asked to bring 'Charlie's Caesar'. Salad dressing was one of my first loves in savory 'cooking' simply because when I was younger I never knew you could make it yourself. My favorite thing about homemade salad dressings is you know exactly what's in it, none of that high fructose corn syrup or fillers, which ruins Caesar and you can customize it to your liking! 


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