I came across these very British crackers in London—a savory shortbread made with Stilton and walnuts. I make extra rolls of dough and freeze them unbaked so I can just defrost, slice, and bake the crackers before guests arrive. Everyone loves these and there are never any leftovers!–Ina Garten
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We can think of nothing lovelier as a precursor to dinner than these crackers. Well, okay, a little lovelier would maybe be these crackers and a generous pour of a not-too-wimpy red wine or a modest dose of port.
Stilton and Walnut Crackers Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 1 H, 10 M
- About 30 crackers
- 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 ounces (12 ounces or so with the rind) Stilton cheese, crumbled, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1. To make the Stilton and walnut crackers, cream the butter and cheese together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 1 minute, until smooth. With the mixer on low, add the flour, salt, and pepper and continue beating for about 1 minute, until the dough is in large crumbles. Add 1 tablespoon of cold water and mix until the dough comes together. Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and roll it into a 12-inch-long log.
- 2. Spread the walnuts on a cutting board. Brush the surface of the log with the egg wash, turning to coat all sides. Roll the log back and forth in the walnuts, pressing lightly, to distribute them evenly all over the surface of the dough. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days.
- 3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 4. Cut the log into 3/8-inch-thick slices with a small sharp knife and arrange the crackers on the sheet pan. Bake for 22 minutes, until very lightly browned, rotating the pan once during baking. Cool on the pan and serve at room temperature.
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Nov 23, 2011
We wanted a couple of small plates to serve with cocktails and wine before Thanksgiving dinner. This Stilton “cookie” did the job perfectly. The combination of a strong Stilton and walnuts resulted in a salty, savory bite that stood up to the drinks. I would definitely make this again for a party. They were very easy to make and would be low-stress for hostesses. Great recipe! I do have a couple of notes on the recipe directions. I used a convection oven at 350 degrees, and we added another three minutes of baking time to get an even, golden-brown color. If I were making these crackers again, I might try quickly rolling out the dough to the desired thickness and using a biscuit cutter to make uniform shapes. Also, I would work the walnuts into the dough, rather than keep them separate on the outside of the dough log.
Nov 23, 2011
These Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers are the perfect little nibble before a big meal! We loved the tangy taste of the blue cheese and the walnuts crusting the outside. They were buttery and delicious. I like crusting the nuts on the outside of the roll. I think that makes slicing easier and a prettier finished product. I did add an additional quarter-teaspoon of water to the dough. This recipe will stay close by for the holidays and I’ll keep rolls frozen for drop-in guests!
Nov 23, 2011
Ina does it again, not surprisingly. These Stilton and walnut crackers are easy to put together, store well in the freezer, and look beautiful once baked. Everyone loves them and oohs and ahhs over how pretty they are. Make them, for sure!
Nov 23, 2011
I must confess that I’ve never been a follower of Ina Garten, as her whole gig seems a bit precious to me. That said, whenever I try one of her recipes, I find it to be both delicious, and rather well crafted and well written. I’m happy to report that this simple yet delicious recipe lives up to that standard and delivers a very tasty treat with hardly any work at all. These crackers are an excellent take on the classic flavor combination of Stilton and walnuts, and would be a welcome addition to any cocktail party or holiday spread. The Stilton certainly rules the roost here, with the walnuts playing second fiddle yet offering a lovely textural contrast to the shortbread-like feel of the cracker. The dough comes together beautifully and is a breeze to work with, rolling with ease to form a thick, foot-long log. Mine sat in the fridge for about two hours before I cut it into medallions for baking. At a 3/8 inch thickness (stated in the recipe) it feels more like a cookie than a cracker to me. I’m curious to try it again with a thinner cut to see if it results in more of a crunchy wafer.
This is not a cracker for the faint of heart. If you aren’t a big fan of blue cheese, this cracker may be too much for you because it is a Stilton buzz-bomb of a thing. My only word of caution about this recipe: Mine turned out a touch on the salty side (and I am a salt lover) which may be attributable to the particular brand of cheese I used, but I will likely cut the salt by about 1/4 teaspoon the next time I make these. All in all, two big thumbs up for an easy, yet impressive (hey, how many people make their own crackers?) addition to your holiday offerings.
Stilton and Walnut Crackers Recipe © 2010 Ina Garten. Photo © 2010 Quentin Bacon. All rights reserved.