Sesame-IPA Saltines with Pub Cheese Spread

Sesame-IPA Saltines with Pub Cheese Spread
Photography by Matt Armendariz | Recipe Development and Food Styling by Marian Cooper Cairns

Who knew crackers were so simple to make? Plus, you probably have all five of the pantry ingredients on hand already. For robust bitter flavor, choose an IPA-style of beer over the milder pale ale in both the cracker and cheese spread.

India Pale Ale:
Also labeled IPA, these beers have a super-hoppy aroma with addictive bitter and malt qualities. IPAs add a pleasantly strong bitter bite to our Pub Cheese Spread, and hold up to the whole wheat flour in our cracker recipe. We like: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale, Stone Delicious IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Sesame-IPA Saltines
Makes about 60
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  1. 1 cup (140 grams) all-purpose flour
  2. ½ cup (80 grams) whole wheat flour
  3. 3 tablespoons (27 grams) toasted sesame seeds
  4. ¾ teaspoon (4.5 grams) kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  5. 3 tablespoons (45 grams) extra-virgin olive oil
  6. ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon room temperature IPA beer or pale ale beer, divided
  7. Pub Cheese Spread (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, place flours, sesame seeds, and salt; pulse until combined. With processor running, slowly add oil. Add ½ cup beer, and process until dough forms a ball, about 20 seconds.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 2 or 3 times. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll half of dough into a 12-inch square. Using a fluted pastry wheel, cut dough into 2-inch squares. Dock dough all over with the blunt end of a wooden skewer. Lift parchment paper, and place on a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Lightly brush dough with remaining 1 tablespoon beer, and sprinkle with additional salt.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating pans once. Let cool completely on pans. Serve crackers with Pub Cheese Spread.
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Pub Cheese Spread
Makes 1¼ cups
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  1. 1 (8-ounce) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  2. ½ small shallot, minced
  3. 1 small clove garlic, minced
  4. 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  6. ¼ cup room temperature IPA or pale ale beer
  7. 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
  8. Garnish: thinly sliced fresh chives
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat Cheddar, shallot, garlic, mustard, and red pepper at low speed until combined. Slowly add beer and chives. Beat at medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 1 week. Garnish with chives before serving, if desired.
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