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Savory Basil Slice-and-Bakes (crackers) :rectnt

Savory Basil Slice-and-Bakes (crackers)

If you like pesto, you will love these savory wafers that contain the same ingredients. Perfect for parties. recipe found in a magazine in our local paper... from relishmag.com I made it for our dinner group. Froze one log and baked it for July 4th picnic.
Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts, chopped almonds or whole pine nuts
Kosher salt

Instructions:

Sift together flour, peppers and salt.
Stir in cheese.
Combine butter and cream cheese; using a mixer, beat until well combined.
Add pesto and mix well.
Add flour mixture, basil leaves and nuts.
Mix well.
Divide dough in half and roll into logs 1 1/2-inches in diameter.
Roll each log in kosher salt.
Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm.
If baking later, freeze shaped dough and defrost slightly before baking.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Slice dough 1/4-inch thick.
Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 18-20 minutes, until edges are golden.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a week, or freeze up to a month.
Makes 6 dozen.

Posted by jea MN
I toasted the almonds that I used.
I stored my leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container and they were just fine for quite a long time. They really don't turn green with the use of the pesto!

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