Taste of the South

Sides & Snacks

PECAN CHEESE ROUNDS

MAKES ABOUT 40

Crisp and cheesy with a nutty crunch, these crackers put their store-bought counterparts to shame.

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup finely ground pecans
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
40 pecan halves or ⅓ cup roughly chopped pecans

1. In a large bowl, beat cheese and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add flour, ground pecans, and salt, beating just until combined. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using a 1¾-inch round cutter, cut 40 rounds from

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