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Friday, January 29, 2010

Kate’s Cooking: Savory Snacks

Greetings folks. The picture is my cooking supervisor, Miss Ginny who loves to get in on the act of anything I’m doing. She especially likes to sit in our small kitchen and get her cute nose into everything! You can read about her in Miss Ginny’s Diary on the House Abukoff site.

On these colder winter days (in the northern hemisphere) I love to indulge in eating tasty snacks and toasted sandwiches, especially so when I am having soup. I have a lot of savory snack recipes that I have collected over many years and here are two of them from my collection, for you to try. Enjoy!

BACOO (a bacon-topped cookie)

2 to 3 rashers of bacon
2 oz. (60 gm) butter or margarine
1 egg yolk
2 oz. (60 gm) grated cheddar cheese (own choice)
2/3 cup all purpose (plain) flour
Extra cheese - 60 gm (2 oz.) grated

Remove any rind from the bacon and cook and then chop finely. Beat together the butter (or margarine) and the egg yolk. Add the first lot of grated cheese and flour (in that order) and mix to a firm dough, wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 th thick. Cut into rounds with a medium cookie cutter and put on lightly greased oven trays and sprinkle with the bacon bits and the extra grated cheese. Bake in a moderately hot oven until golden – approximately 10 minutes. Cool on a wire cooking rack. These are really delicious.


1 packet pre-rolled puff pastry
1 egg white
185 gm (6 oz.) cheddar cheese – grated
90 gm (3 oz.) parmesan cheese – grated
2 tablespoons paprika

Cut each sheet of pastry into 1 cm. or 1/2 “wide strips and brush with beaten egg white. Take two strips of pastry and twist them around each other to form one strip. Place strips on a greased baking tray and sprinkle with combined cheeses and sift the paprika over the top. Bake in a hot oven for approx. 7 minutes. If you like, you can use just one cheese and what type of cheddar etc. is your own choice. These are so good and they are great with tomato soup. NOTE: you might like to cut them in half before you bake them if you don’t like the long strips.

I do have other savory snack recipes along these lines. If you would like the recipe for any of the following, then please contact me at House Abukoff:

Satay Nibblets, Curry Strips, Cheddar Cookies, Cheese Crunches, Indian Curry Munchies

Go safely out there and keep well. Bless you.


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