Ina First Fridays: Stilton Walnut Crackers

Welcome once again to Ina Garten First Fridays...this month it's appetizers. It was difficult to choose, as Ina does such a great job with nibbles for cocktail parties! These little gems are are the perfect hors d'oeuvre....not heavy enough to ruin your appetite, portable and you can freeze the dough, then slice and bake when you need them. You'll find them somewhat strong of Stilton, so you have to be a Stilton-lover, but when I serve them, I get raves.
I do love cocktail crackers......have you ever tried Ina's Parmesan Thyme Crackers? A bit tamer than these, but you get the idea.

Stilton Walnut Crackers
Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten, Copyright 2010 

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
8 ounces Stilton cheese, crumbled (about 12 ounces with rind), at room temperature 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 teaspoon freshly ground black  pepper 
1 extra-large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and Stilton together for 1 minute, or until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, salt and pepper and mix until it's in large crumbles, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix until combined. Dump the dough onto a floured board, press it into a ball, and roll into a 12-inch long log. Brush the log completely with the egg wash. Spread the walnuts in a square on a cutting board and roll the log back and forth in the walnuts, pressing lightly, and distributing them evenly on the outside of the log. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days. Cut the log in 3/8 inch pieces and bake on parchment paper for 20 to 22 minutes or until brown. Rotate once during baking.


Ina Fridays participants:

Nancy from mypicadillo.com  
Veronica from mycatholickitchen.com
Ansh from spiceroots.com  


  1. I love Ina's slice and bake crackers. I've made the Parmesan thyme one with my own fresh lemon thyme and it got rave reviews. I'm so glad you've featured the Stilton & walnut one Barbara. I've been anxious to give it a try. Ina rocks!

  2. I made a version of Ina's crackers using some local blue cheese rather than the Stilton, but I can imagine the Stilton adds its own unique flavour.

  3. These look great..I heve made the others..not these:)
    Thank you.

  4. lool.delicioud. I love Ina recipes. I would love try these!

  5. I too love Ina's slice and bake crackers. So great to have on hand in the freezer.

  6. Addictive crackers! Anything with Stilton and walnuts gets my vote.



  7. Be still my heart. I might be drooling...

  8. I'm a Stilton fan, and I think I'd love these!

  9. Ohhh - these sound like they have SO much delicious flavor - lovely:)
    Mary x

  10. Buttery, cheesy and nutty...these crackers sound like dream crackers.

  11. Ohhhh what is not to love about these gorgeous crackers. Love them. BTW your previous post on tarts is almost similar to what I made for today's post :)

  12. I never thought of making my own crackers until I saw Ina do it. These look delish!

  13. I've never tried this recipe but I certainly will soon! I love Stilton...


  14. Una verdadera delicia de galletas y se ve muy hermoso,hugs,hugs.

  15. Beautiful-- and perfect for drinks or to go with soup or salad. Enjoy your time off!

  16. Being one who enjoys Stilton, I know I'd love these, Barbara. Great idea for an easy appetizer.

  17. My mom made these stunning appetizing savoury cookies last evening & we all loved them.so much!

    A huge Thank you! X

  18. i've never tried stilton cheese, but even worse than that, i've never made my own crackers! this is a darn fine party treat, barbara. :)

  19. Barbara,

    My kids are cheese o'holics —Stilton, even better! They are going to love these crackers.

    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits



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