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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yogurt Cheese Olive Dip And Homemade Crackers

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;

Homemade Crackers

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 wheat
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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  1. I love the cheese and olive dip, and your homemade crackers sound wonderful.

    Thank you for linking up to the Feed Me Tweet Me blog hop. I've followed your blog. Hope to see you again next Friday. Have a lovely Sunday!

  2. We've had so much fun playing with the ingredients for the cracker dough!

    Thanks for hosting the Feed Me Tweet Me hop with Alex. I'm following you too! What a nice surprise to find both of you! I was so excited to see my blog featured on the linky love! Don't forget to check back on Monday for the newest post in the Herbal Medicine Chest series!

  3. Hi Sharon,
    At first I stopped by to mention that I too have a super yoghurt dip on my recipe blog which you might like to try and since I like to think I am a caring person I wanted to go check out yr about page to kinda get to know just who I was addressing this to ....and then I was a bit taken aback by how similar our likes were. I like to grow the herbs I use in my kitchen, basil thai and italian, oregano, lemon grass, chillies, mint, celery, etc. And then I saw that you too are connected to God so I wanted to share with you my book titled MasterMind the link to purchasing the same are all over on my 8 blogs. Have you heard the phrase "if we are related we have through these pages met" its written by Napoleon Hill and means that we have a little bit of God in all of us and all we need to do is be aware of it.God Bless....Roda

  4. Thanks for writing Roda, it's nice to meet you. I'll check out your blog and book. Don't know it you saw the previous posts but I'm hosting an Herbal Medicine Chest blog hop on Mondays where folks can share their favorite herbal remedies.
    Our God is an awesome God! It's nice to be able to link back to His word for encouragement.

  5. Yum, this would make a perfect addition to any table...not just the Superbowl table! Of course, I could live on cheesy things, so... ha! Thanks for sharing this w/ the hearth and soul hop this week =)

  6. My pleasure, I'm really enjoying all the recipes there and thanks for visiting The Journal!

  7. The dip would be great with any dipper but your crackers just sound heavenly - I love that you made it so simple, I love simple! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  8. That sounds so yummy! I'm going to give making my own cream cheese a try, it sounds fun. Thanks for this.

  9. That sounds sooo good!!
    I'm following from the blog hop.
    I'd love a follow back at

  10. I love this.....will try soon! Thanks for sharing and happy weekend.

  11. I am going to make your dip!

  12. Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. The Yogurt Version sounds GOOD! I've made the dip in the past with cream easy and yummy!

  14. Oh, this sounds scrumptious. I've made a dip somewhat like that before with a touch of worcestshire sauce and finely chopped shallot.

    The crackers sounds delicious and fun to make. I'm thinking I will add that to my 'things to do' list for my Grandkids over the summer!

    Thanks for a delicious stop!



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