Appetizers/Snacks

April 21, 2022

Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards

Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards are a springtime picnic must-have. Make these Spring Herb Crackers to take your charcuterie and snack boards to the next level!

Okay, I’ve been watching the entire The Lost Kitchen series on the Magnolia Network the past two months. Any one else? I want every last bit of the vibe in that show. The “nibble boards” chef Erin French assembles and brings to guests as the first course are charcuterie goals. Small bites of local cheeses and meats, honey, nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables, crackers - they are always a delightful combination of prepared ingredients with a homemade element. That’s definitely some Ina Garten vibes there, too. 

Inspired by those beautiful creations, I also have been mildly obsessed with making my own crackers lately. I have made countless batches of these Spring Herb Crackers the past two months, including an on camera demonstration for a “faculty webinar” for the Admissions department at the university where I work. They are based on a recipe from the Food as Medicine Everyday book, which I have discussed in a previous post

These Spring Herb Crackers are gluten-free, super simple, and an easy way to take your next charcuterie or snack board to the next level. Erin and Ina would be super proud of us for adding a small, homemade element to other store-bought, prepared items to create a casually elegant presentation for our guests. Here’s another item for your spring bucket-list: a causal spring picnic with your friends and these Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards (and maybe a lovely rose-colored hard cider, like the one pictured below). 

Ingredients assembled for Spring Herb Crackers
Assemble your ingredients for the Spring Herb Crackers.

Stages of mixing the dough for the crackers
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the egg and butter or oil, then add to the dry ingredients. Keep mixing until the dough comes together - it will seem like there's not enough moisture, but keep mixing! It will come together.

Rolling out the cracker dough and using a small biscuit cutter to cut the crackers into circles
Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. You can simply cut the crackers into squares with a knife, or use a small shaped cutter to be extra-fancy.

Crackers on a baking sheet, before and after baking
Place the crackers on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden. Allow the crackers to cool completely on the baking sheet, and they will crisp up as they cool.

A small wooden board arranged with Spring Herb Crackers, goat cheese, Marcona almonds, fresh peas, radishes, cucumber slices, and strawberries on a teal and pink plaid towel
Serve Spring Herb Crackers with your favorite charcuterie spread, or assemble spring-inspired snack boards like these with goat cheese, Marcona almonds, fresh peas, radishes, cucumber slices, and strawberries.

Two assembled Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards served with pink hard cider in glasses
Call up a friend or two and have a springtime picnic or happy hour with these Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards! They pair very well with a chilled rose-colored hard cider or wine. Enjoy!

Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards

Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards are a springtime picnic must-have. Make these Spring Herb Crackers to take your charcuterie and snack boards to the next level!

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

20

min

cook:

20

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

For herb crackers*:

1 3/4 cup almond flour

2 Tbsp. finely minced fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 Tbsp. melted ghee or coconut oil

1 large egg


For snack board:

Goat cheese

Lightly salted Marcona almonds

Fresh radishes, peas, cucumber, and/or spring veggies of your choice

Fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, minced herbs, garlic powder, and salt. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ghee or coconut oil and egg until well combined. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until well combined. At first, it will seem like there isn’t enough moisture, but keep mixing - it will come together!
  5. Transfer the dough to a large piece of parchment paper. Gently press the dough into a circle. Top with a second piece of parchment paper over the dough, and use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick. 
  6. Remove the top parchment paper. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into 1.5-inch squares. (Or, use a small cookie cutter [about 1.5 inches] to cut the dough into fun shapes, such as circles, flowers, hearts, etc. Re-roll the scraps until you’ve used all the dough.)
  7. Transfer the cut pieces to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown. 
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the crackers to cool on the baking sheet. They will crisp up as they cool. 
  9. Transfer cooled crackers to an air-tight container and store at room temperature for up to five days. 
  10. Serve the cooled crackers with your favorite dips, or arrange into a snack/charcuterie board! For these Spring Herb Cracker Snack Boards, I used goat cheese, marcona almonds, radishes, cucumbers, peas, and strawberries. 


*Spring Herb Cracker recipe is adapted from Spring Herb Crackers found in Food as Medicine Everyday: Reclaim Your Health with Whole Foods, by Drs. Julie Briley and Courtney Jackson, 2016, NUNM Press. 

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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!