Looking ahead to the Superbowl...
I'm ducking as I admit that I'm not a football fan because I know you'll probably throw something at me! But my husband is, so I'm thinking ahead to some munchy snacks to share with the football fans this Sunday.
The first to come to mind is my Crispy Flatbread recipe. But it needs something to go with it! Aha!
Yogurt Cheese Olive Dip
Start with a quart of Homemade Yogurt and turn it into Cream Cheese.
Empty a jar of green olives stuffed with pimentos or salad olives into a chopper and mince.
Add to cream cheese for a quick and easy dip.
The olive dip also goes great with;
Mix together 3 cups of your favorite flour or flour blend* and 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Add to that 1 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt and any other flavorings like herbs or spices.
Knead a minimal amount to produce a smooth ball. Roll as thin as possible on an ungreased baking sheet. My baking sheets have ridges that made rolling out difficult so I turn the largest ones over and roll out on the back. Cut the sheet into cracker sized squares with a knife or pizza cutter and prick with a fork to prevent bubbles. You could also use a fluted cutter for this.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes until lightly brown and crisp. I usually have to remove the outer edge and return the rest to the oven for another 3-5 minutes. That may be because I'm baking on the back of the sheets and there aren't any edges to defer the higher heat when the oven comes on to maintain temp.
*The sky's the limit when choosing a flour blend.
Here are a few favorites we've tried:
corn meal and unbleached flour
whole grain blends
unbleached flour and dried black beans - these are wonderful with salsa.
You might need to add a tiny bit more water and oil to the whole grain or bean blends because they absorb so much. But remember not to overwork the dough.
Have fun experimenting. If you come up with a tasty combination, please come back and share it in the comment section.
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