*This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps.Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps
I love crackers. There is something very satisfying about their crunchy goodness. For those of you who have known me for a while, you also know that I prefer things that are natural, versus those that are not. It's hard to find crackers that are natural that taste good, but that is not the case with these crisps! Both the Baked Naturals Four Cheese Crisps and the Four Cheese Italian Herb Crisps both taste fabulous and if you read the ingredients on the box there isn't anything there that you haven't seen before. They are fresh, crunchy and have just the right kick.
The Baked Naturals crisps actually take a basic cracker to a whole new level. Each type of crisp has real cheese, that is actually visible, baked on top. The Herb variety also has beautiful little bits of herbs on each crisp too. Both varieties have a crisp, cheesy flavor and the herbs add a nice little pop that almost reminded me of pizza. Either variety would be great served along with dips, vegetables, cheeses or fruit at your next get together. These crisps take crackers and make them an adult snack to relish.
I really enjoyed both varieties, but I think my favorite were the Baked Naturals Four Cheese Crisps. They were just the perfect cheesy little bite! They are fabulous for snacking, your next party, or even for cooking! You know I'm all about finding new things to use in my kitchen.
Natural, preservative-free snacks, made with an artisan blend of real cheeses golden baked to bubbly perfection on top of a thin, crispy, crunchy cracker. Four Cheese is made with Aged Cheddar, Asiago, Romano and Parmesan, while Italian Herb is seasoned with flavorful herbs and spices.
Flavors: Four Cheese:
And Four Cheese Italian Herb:
Real Taste, Real Crunch, Real Goodness
Naturally, the best things in life are real.
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And now I'm going share an appetizer recipe with you using Baked Naturals Cheese Crisps to help you get your party started! How do some stuffed mushrooms sound?
Take a look at the stuffed mushrooms below and if you're interested in other recipes please visit my food blog Dianne's Dishes.
What You'll Need for the Stuffed Mushrooms:
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 - 16 ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
1 - 3.5 ounce container of crumbled goats cheese
1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
2 large packages of button mushrooms, stems removed
1/2 package of Baked Naturals Four Cheese or Four Cheese Italian Herb Crisps, crushed
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a large pan sauté onion until caramelized (about 5-10 minutes):
Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add spinach, sea salt, black pepper, goat cheese and Parmesan and stir until cheese mostly melts:
Remove spinach mixture from heat and set aside for a moment.
Place the crackers into your food processor and process until crushed. If you don't have a food processor you can do this step by placing them in a plastic bag and whacking them with a rolling pin. It's sort of fun, trust me!
And now the fun part...Putting them together!
Remove stems from your mushrooms and place them in a baking dish:
The stems usually just pop right out. If you find one that won't, gently use a knife and remove them. (Note: You can reserve the stems to make mushroom broth later.)
Place a dollop of the spinach/cheese mixture in the center of the mushroom:
And then top with a bit of the crushed crisps:
(Note: I used the Baked Naturals Four Cheese Crisps, but either variety will work.)
Repeat process until all the mushrooms are filled. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown:
Notes: You can make the filling ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a day or two before making the stuffed mushrooms. If you have any filling left you can also use it as a dip. If you have crisp crumbs left over you can store them in an airtight container and use them as you would bread crumbs. The mushrooms can even be frozen after they are baked by placing them on a baking sheet and then freezing for 3 or 4 hours. Then they can be removed to an airtight container and frozen for several months. To reheat place them on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 400 for about 10-12 minutes.