From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...There was no joy in Mudville last night. Our football team, the Oregon Ducks, got whooped and somehow, my guy still swears it just happened, the commiseration party moved from the parking lot to our home. Now I must tell you that football is taken seriously here and this was a desolate crowd. I've been to Irish wakes that were more upbeat than this impromptu get-together. When it became apparent that the crew of Monday morning quarterbacks was going to hash the game to pieces, I called for pizzas and brought in a cooler that we use to hold beer for unexpected guests. Mother Hubbard's cupboard was pretty bare, but I had a bag of pretzels for immediate consumption and some oyster crackers that I could play with while they had their first round of beer. Tyler Florence has a recipe for Parmesan oyster crackers that I often use when I'm in a crunch and I decided to go with that, 'cause, from the kitchen's perspective, this was definitely 4th down. These flavored crackers are simple to make and while they are wonderful with soup, they also make a great snack. If you know you'll find the gang on your couch come game day or movie night, you might want to keep this recipe in mind. Here is how the crackers are made.
Parmesan Oyster Crackers....from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Tyler Florence via foodnetwork.com
2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups oyster crackers
1 handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2) Chop garlic cloves then sprinkle with some salt and smash to make a paste.
3) Set a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add butter, oil and garlic and swirl pan. Add oyster crackers and chopped flat-leaf parsley and toss to coat.
4) Spread out on a sheet tray, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with shredded Parmigiano. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and crispy.
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