Wednesday, June 17, 2009

PARMESAN & HERBS SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Judging by the quantity of sweet recipes I post, some of you might think that I am only passionate about desserts and such kinds of sweet food. That isn't quite true. Although I must confess to having developped a sweet tooth over the years, I still very much love savory food. The truth is I can't live without one or the other! Just like Yin and Yang, they are indispensable, inseparable, complementary and very important to me...

So, this Wednesday, instead of sharing with you a recipe that'll cause your blood sugar to rise, I've decided to blog about a gourmet and terribly addictive appetizer which might effect your cholesterol level instead!

Homemade appetizer cookies are fantastic as they can be made sing a variety of flavors/ingredients and are generally more scrumptious as well as healthier than the store-bought ones. Not forgetting that summer is the perfect season for outdoor happy hours and picnics, so it is for that reason that I thought you'd like to discover a wonderful Barefoot Contessa recipe for "Parmesan & Italian Herbs Shortbread Cookies" (free adaptation), which I came across while surfing on a blog called "64 Sq ft Kitchen" (USA).

Those "Parmesan & Italian Herbs Shortbread Cookies" are some of the best savory crackers I've made so far as they are irresistibly rich, mouthwateringly cheesy, delightfully herby and incredibly flaky. Not only are do they have a lot of character and a hooking flavor, but they also look really cute and classy with their black and white sesame seed decorations.

Be assured that once you have baked a batch of those delicate savory shortbreads, you'll never go back to buying those, dry, cardboard-tasting, bland, transfat and terrifyingly noxious industrial crackers again!

~ Parmesan, Italian Herbs & Sesame Seed Shorbread Cookies"
Recipe freely adapted from Barefoot Contessa.

Yields about 25-30 shortbread cookies.

Ingredients:
1 Stick (120g) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 Tbs Olive oil
3 Oz (90g) Freshly grated Parmesan

1 1/4 Cups (160g) All-purpose flour
1/4 Tsp Sea salt
1 Tbs Dried Italian herbs (mix)

1/2 Tsp garlic powder (optional)
1/2 Tsp Freshly ground black pepper
Enough Black and white sesame seeds for garnishing the cookies

Method:
1. In a bowl, mix the butter and olive oil until creamy.
2. Add the Parmesan, flour, salt, herbs, garlic powder and black pepper and mix to combine in order to get a dough.
3. Put the dough into a floured surface and shape it into a 13-inch long log.

4. Wrap the dough, roll the log in the sesame seeds and freeze it for 30min (or until needed/you will still be able to slice it).
5. Using a sharp knife, slice the log into ½ inch thick discs.
6. Arrange the cookies on a sheet pan, lined with parchment pape
r. Bake at 180° C (350° F) oven for about 20 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
7. Let cool on a rack.

Remarks:
If you don't have any Parmiggiano Reggiano, then you can use Grana Padano, pecorino or cheddar.

Serving suggestions:
Serve as an apetizer with artisan bier, white wine, cherry tomatoes and grapes.

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~ Sablés aux Parmesan, Herbes Italiennes & Graines De Sésame ~
Adaptée librement de Barefoot Contessa.

Pour 25-30 biscuits.

Ingrédients:
120g de Beurre non-salé, à température ambiante
2 CS d'Huile d'Olive
90g de Parmesan fraîchement rapé
1 1/4 Tasses (160g) de Farine blanche/fleur
1/4 de CC de Sel de mer
1 CS d'Herbes Italiennes
1/2 CS d'Ail en poudre (en option)
1/2 CC de Poivre noir fraîchement moulu
Sufisemment de graines de sésame noir et blanche pour la garniture

Méthode:
1. Dans un bol, mélanger le beurre mou jusqu’à ce qu’il devienne crémeux.
2. Ajouter l'huile d'olive, le parmesan, le sel, la farine, le poivre noir, les herbes et l'ail.
3. Mélanger le tout jusqu’à obtention d’une pâte.
4. Mettre la pâte sur une surface légèrement farinée et former en boudin d’une longeur de 33 centimètres, puis le rouler dans les grain
es de sésame.
5. Mettre la pâte dans un film plastique et l'entreposer au congelateur pendant 30 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que vous en ayez besoin.

6. A l’aide d’un couteau bien éguisé, couper le boudin en disques d’un centimètre et demi d’épaisseur.
7. Arranger les biscuits sur une plaque recouverte de papier sulfurisé.
8. Faites cuire dans un four préchauffé à 180° C pendant 20 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les bords des biscuits deviennent légèrement dorés.

9. Laisser refroidir sur une grille.

Remarques:
Si vous n'avez pas de Parmesan, vous pouvez utiliser du Grana Padano, du pecorino ou du cheddar.

Idées de présentation:
A servir lors de l'apéritif avec de la bonne bière artisanale, du vin et du raisin.

93 comments:

  1. Lovely post, Rosa! I so agree with you about needing both sweet and savory. These crackers look fabulous (I love most anything with Parmesan)and are really pretty to look at, too. Oooh and easy, too. Perfect! I will be making these for my housewarming party in September!!!

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  2. These savory cookies sound excellent! I love the crust of black and white sesame seeds!

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  3. they look very appetizing with their black&white garnishing !

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  4. Ciao Rosa ! They look so appetizing (and addictive )! I'm a bit scared of myself !!

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  5. They are so cute, I bet you can't stop at just one!

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  6. Love savoury cookies, and these look attractive.
    I have to watch my cholesterol, but I guess on can't hurt. :)

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  7. Wow those cookies really looking good and like the sesame seeds on the sides.. looks perfectly baked wish to taste one

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  8. Tes cookies en version salée sont très originaux !

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  9. WOW, Rosa, those look amazinglly delicious and perfect! I LOVE parmesan, and this is a preparation I'm bookmarking right now!! Thank you for posting this and making mouths everywhere water!

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  10. these look absolutely lovely. i like savory shortbread - should make it more often!

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  11. Merci pour cette tres jolie idee !
    bises

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  12. Tes cookies au parmesan partiraient très vite à l'heure de l'apéritif Rosa.
    Bises

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  13. These look fabulous, and I will most certainly make them! So glad you stopped by as well. I "see you" all the time on various other blogs we frequent. I figured it was about time I came for a visit. So glad I did! Hope you're having a great week ;-)

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  14. Marvelous Rosa! really appealing and tempting too ... i totally agree with you a meal would be incomplete without a perfect dessert.

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  15. Looks and sounds delicious! Love the seeds!

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  16. Mmmmmm!
    Ils sont bien beaux tes shortbreads.
    :)

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  17. des cookies salés il faut vraiment que je teste ! et avec toutes ces petites graines autour j'adore

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  18. humm miam ça ma l'air bon !! bise sandra

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  19. Absolutely delicious Rosa! These look very addictive...and I love the sesame seeds!

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  20. Ces biscuits salés sont très appétissants....

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  21. Savory cookies! I've never tried them, but these look great :)

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  22. Ils sont vraiment très jolis et très appétissants tes petits sablés et de plus ils doivent être bien parfumés !
    Bonne journée !!!
    Bises

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  23. yummy savoury cookies, love the look of black and white sesame seeds!!

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  24. I like the sesame mix! :) Very pretty and delicious,

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  25. MMMMM...Rosa! they look so tasty! Wonderful recipe!

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  26. These are a wonderful idea Rosa:D

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  27. Molto belli da vedere da presentare e sicuramente deliziosi...un saluto affettuoso!

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  28. Fabulous! These look so delicious!

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  29. I've always wanted to try making these savory-type crackers. Love your version with the sesame seeds.

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  30. Rosa, these look addictive. Btw, Barefoot Contessa did a blue cheese version of those - I saw them on the FN - they looked pretty good too :)

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  31. je craque rosa..je les fais ce week end, je ne peux pas resister

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  32. Ils ont une très jolie couleur ! C'est lié à l'huile d'olive ? Ou la lumière ?

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  33. TIUSCHA: Merci! C'est du à la cuisson et au fromage, je crois...

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  34. OH! OUI! Rosa! ils sont superbes ces shortbreads, et salés en plus! Top du top!

    La prochaine fois que tu viendras sur mon blog, peux-tu me faire une petite parenthèse pour me dire si cette recette serait bien pour mon découpoir(évidemment tu sais duquel je parle). Dis-moi s'ils gonflent ou changent beaucoup de forme... j'estime que non, parce qu'ils ne contiennent pas de levure aucune, mais sait-on jamais... je préfère l'entendre par la bouche de la pro! LOL

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  35. ..wow!!.. je veux bien goûter moi!!.. j'adore tout ce qui contient du parmesan!!!!vive l'apéro lol!!..

    ~nancy xx

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  36. These look so wonderful, Rosa! What a lovely and elegant savory treat! I would love some with a little creamy, smooth brie, please! ;)

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  37. comme ca a l'air delicieux !!! il est 17:05 peut etre ai-je meme le temps d'en preparer encore avant l'arrivee de mon Habibi ;)
    corinne

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  38. Tes sablés doivent etre à tomber de gourmandise avec le parmesan et les graines de sésame!!

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  39. Those look absolutely gorgeous, Rosa! You are so right about the yin and yang! :)

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  40. Oh I love savoury stuff. These are just the sort of cookies I would love to nibble. Brilliant Rosa, & thanks for the substituion ideas!

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  41. Wow! Les crackers maison sont si bons, et les tiens sont aussi beau que bon j'imagine!

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  42. Ca donne vraiment fain ces cookies sales!

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  43. Your parmesan cookies look delicious! Love the sesame seeds on the edges.

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  44. des diamants salés et parfumés : miam miam...

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  45. Sounds scrumptious Rosa, I might have to borrow the recipe since I don't own the book.
    xoxo,
    elra

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  46. These savory cookies look and sound divine Rosa.

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  47. Tout simplement extra pour accompagné un apéritif, tes photos donnent envie de croquer dans tes cookies :) bisous

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  48. Magnifiques ces sablés! On en croquerait....Bises

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  49. Wow Rosa, those look so good, I would love to try one now!!

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  50. These shortbread cookies look so good and tasty with parmesan cheese and the herbs...yummie. Love your pictures!

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  51. A great snack with a charming contrast between the black and white sesame!
    You need the sweets to enjoy the savory ones and vice versa :)

    All the best!

    Gera

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  52. They look delicate and delicious Rosa! :)

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  53. I love the sprinkle of sesame seeds there ;D


    PS: Cat-killer still not found yet...grrrrrr... ;(

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  54. delicious recipe, tempting photos and so creative :) thse cute cookies sound addictive. m sure my kids gonna adore this :)

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  55. hummm! super bon! tout à fait à mon goût! bisous

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  56. Hello! This is my first comment in your blog, which I love! These cookies are so cute for an appetizer, I have to try them!

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  57. Rosa, these look divine. There is something so moreish about homemade cheese biscuits - they're much better than storebought, I agree. This is going in my 'to make' file!

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  58. How kind of you to keep an eye on our cholesterol levels and make sure they don't get too low ;-) No seriously though, these look wonderful!

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  59. Oh wow they look gorgeous and delectable....j

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  60. Rosa,
    I am surprised to see such cookies on your blog:) These are the kind of cookies that you could find in every Turkish bakery.
    Iffet

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  61. Super delicious post. I love shortbread cookies and you've made it even better with the addition of parmesan. Also great idea with the black/white sesame seeds.

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  62. Je croquerai volontiers dans un de tes délicieux sablé...ils ont l'air extra!
    Bises

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  63. Very good, i like the Colors, black and white sesame looks great. :)

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  64. I love the idea of a savoury cookie, and Ina is always wonderful.

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  65. Hum Rosa ....superbe et gourmande petits choses que tu nous presente la .... encore et toujour bon et tres beau !

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  66. those look so beautiful! I made a recipe of hers for snap peas that used black sesame for garnish. Very dramatic. I would eat the whole plateful!

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  67. Savoury cookies! Oh yum! I like how attractive they are with the sesame seeds.

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  68. Nummy ... love all kinds of shortbread cookies, and these look very fancy!

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  69. cookies with sesame..awesome!!

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  70. Enfin j'arrive à passer, heureusement d'ailleurs , je n'aurais pas voulu rater une de tes recettes,
    en ce moment je suis dans une phase cookies mais tes biscuit salé sont très tentant , bravo pour cette bonne idée et pour les photos toujours très belles.

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  71. Rosa darling, you are so skillfully coated the edges with two sesame seeds, the cookies turn out to be such a beauty, I bet the taste same good too!

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  72. Ils sont superbes, cela me donne trop envie d'en faire, bises

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  73. Rosa, these look great. I have a bad habit of needing to alternate between snacking on sweet and savoury foods. My partner is the big savoury food cook. I do sweets. It works well as I'm never short of either. These look great. I think you're right, so much better than bought!

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  74. Those crackers look amazing Rosa, so delightful.

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  75. I like savoury crackers more than the sweet ones sometimes.would love to try it one day!

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  76. So funny you made these! We're going to try a variation of the same recipe too. They sound really good.

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  77. Scrumptious indeed,Ina's recipes are usually very rich,love those pretty sesame topping:)

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  78. super ces sablés !
    je garde la recette , j'aime beaucoup servir ce genre de petits fours pour l'apéro

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  79. These are wonderful... I will certainly try them. Warda's 64 Foot Square Kitchen is a wonderful blog, too.

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  80. These savoury parmesan shortbread cookies sound really good and they look great with the sesame coating!

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  81. Ils sont superbes ! et très appétissants, j'aime beaucoup les sablés salés

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  82. Ce week end j'ai du monde, des petits sablés comme ça seront parfait. ;)

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  83. tiens j'ai fait un peu les mêmes ce we, super bons en apéro !
    bisous

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  84. Oh how come I only discovered these today?! The cookies are lovely! This weekend my parents come to visit me so I am going to bake these for sure!

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  85. I love the black and white sesame seeds. It really makes these crackers look so much more sophisticated and modern.

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  86. hummm joli proposition de gourmandise !!!

    bises

    virginie
    http://lesgourmandisesdevirginie.blogspot.com/

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  87. Hello Rosa, I've made your cookies:
    http://wegetarianka.blox.pl/2009/07/KRUCHE-CIASTECZKA-Z-PARMEZANEM-I-ZIOLAMI.html

    great for cool beer, thx for the receipe :) and regards from Poland

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  88. WEGETARINKA: Thanks for passing by and for your kind words! I'm glad you liked those cookies...

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