Golden Crispy Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers

When you’re in the possession of a wedge (or two) of Parmigiano-Reggiano, the “King of Cheese,” you want to use it in everything from snacks to the main course. Today I’m using it in these Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers. These crackers are delectably addicting with their nutty, buttery, sharp, and pungent Parmesan flavor and a mild hint of fennel. I double dog dare you to eat just one!!

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If you’re used to purchasing your Parmesan cheese in the green can from the grocery store, I urge you to STOP and challenge your taste buds to explore the undeniable flavor packed difference cooking and garnishing with Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan cheese will afford you.

After all, isn’t it time you treated your family and friends like royalty by serving them the “King of Cheese?”

*Disclaimer – I was sent Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wedges from Rogers Collection which is an exceptional importer of extraordinary foods. All comments and opinions I share are strictly my own. This is a sponsored post powered by Brand Backer.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers is available near the end of this post. 

When you're in possession of the "King of Cheese," you want to use it in everything from snacks to the main course. Today I'm using it in these Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers. They're delectably addicting with their nutty, cheesy Parmesan flavor and their mild hint of fennel. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

I’ll admit to having used the refrigerated, pre-grated (not green can) Parmesan cheese found in the deli section of the grocery store from time to time if I’m in a pinch. That said, there is absolutely NO comparison between that grocery store deli product to a wedge of the authentic pin-dotted rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is made explicitly in the Parma and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy.

Did you know Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged for a full 24 months before it’s ready to be eaten and served, and there are only three ingredients which make up its buttery, nutty flavor and undeniable texture? The ingredients are; cow’s milk, rennet, and salt. That’s it! Incredible, right?

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It’s the simplicity of the highest quality ingredients combined with the attention to detail of the aging process which makes the flavor of Parmigiano-Reggiano so unique!

Did you also know that because of the long aging process Parmigiano-Reggiano is naturally lactose-free, making it a healthy snack for kids and adults alike! 

And if all this isn’t enough, Parmigiano-Reggiano is also an excellent source of protein and calcium for strong bones and healthy muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood!

It’s no wonder then that Parmigiano-Reggiano is known as the “King of Cheese,” and in my opinion, there is no better-tasting Parmesan cheese in the world for cooking, baking, and, of course, snacking! 

The ingredient list for making Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers is pretty basic and straightforward. They are;

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan cheese, grated
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • butter
  • milk
  • fennel seed

The kitchen equipment you’ll need is as follows;

  • food processor or box grater
  • large bowl (if not using a food processor)
  • rolling pin
  • pizza wheel, pasta wheel, or paring knife
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper or Silpat

Let’s begin;

  • Use a sharp knife to cut, chunk, and grate enough Parmigiano-Reggiano to equal 1½ cups.
  • If using a food processor, pulse to a semi-fine grate. If using a box grater, use the small grating holes.

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  • Grate or pulse the Parmigiano-Reggiano to form semi-fine texture.
  • Add the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and flour to the Parmigiano-Reggiano.

  • Pulse to just combine. If using a bowl, stir to combine.
  • Add 1 stick of cold butter, cut into chunks, into the food processor.

  • Pulse to blend the butter into the Parmigiano-Reggiano and flour mixture. If using a bowl, use a pastry blender or two forks to work the butter into the Parmesan and flour mixture.
  • Add the fennel seed and milk to the Parmesan and flour mixture.

  • Pulse just until the mixture comes together into a dough that holds together in your hand when pressed. If using a bowl, use hands to bring the mixture together to form a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press to form a mound.

  • Gently roll the dough into an approximate 15″ x 12″ rectangle, ¼” thick. *Note press the dough with your hands to make even edges if needed.
  • Use a pizza wheel, pasta wheel, or paring knife to cut the dough into approximately 1″ square crackers.

  • Transfer the crackers to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 14-16 minutes at 400-degrees, or until the crackers and golden brown and crispy.
  • Cool and serve.
  • These crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

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Other ways to enjoy Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan cheese;

  • Serve chunks on a cheese and charcuterie board (or plate) with along with fresh fruit.
  • Shaved or crumbled in a salad.
  • In sauces or grated over pasta.
  • Grated or shaved over pizza.
  • Add the rind to sauces, soups, or stews for an extra depth of flavor and richness.
  • Chunked by itself as a snack with crackers and wine (or juice for the kids).

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Cheese Fennel Crackers. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

5 from 4 votes
Golden Crispy Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Crispy Golden Parmesan Fennel Crackers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
These crackers are delectably addicting with their nutty, buttery, sharp, and pungent Parmesan flavor along with a mild hint of fennel.
Course: crackers, Snacks and Munchies
Cuisine: Italian Cuisine
Keyword: homemade cheese crackers, Parmesan fennel crackers
Servings: 96 crackers
Calories: 25 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • cups Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold butter cut into pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • tablespoons fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Use a sharp knife to cut, chunk, and grate enough Parmigiano-Reggiano to equal 1½ cups. *Note -  If using a food processor, pulse to a semi-fine grate. If using a box grater, use the small grating holes.

  2. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and flour to the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pulse to just combine. If using a bowl, stir to combine.

  3. Add 1 stick of cold butter, cut into chunks, into the food processor. Pulse to blend the butter into the Parmigiano-Reggiano and flour mixture. If using a bowl, use a pastry blender or two forks to work the butter into the Parmesan and flour mixture.

  4. Add the fennel seed and milk to the Parmesan and flour mixture. Pulse just until the mixture comes together into a dough that holds together in your hand when pressed. If using a bowl, use hands to bring the mixture together to form a soft dough.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press to form a mound.

  6. Gently roll the dough into an approximate 15" x 12" rectangle, ¼" thick. *Note press the dough with your hands to make even edges if needed.
  7. Use a pizza wheel, pasta wheel, or paring knife to cut the dough into approximately 1" square crackers.

  8. Transfer the crackers to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 14-16 minutes at 375-degrees, or until the crackers and golden brown and crispy.

  9. Cool and serve. These crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment;

food processor or large bowl and wooden spoon, baking sheet, parchment paper or Silpat, pizza wheel, pastry wheel, or paring knife, measuring cups and spoons. 

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Golden Parmesan Fennel Crackers
Amount Per Serving (1 cracker)
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Potassium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Crispy Golden Parmigiano-Reggiano Parmesan Fennel Crackers as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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7 Comments

  1. I adore cheese crackers and these were spot on!

  2. Aimee Shugarman

    LOVE these homemade crackers. So much flavor packed into one little bite!

  3. These look amazing! So much better than anything out of a box!

  4. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    This is really a must-make!!

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