Per Nana ~
About a month ago hubby had a request for one of my old recipes
called "Atwells's Delight". It's a Tex-Mex style recipe calling
for canned cream soups, enchilada sauce, chopped meat, etc.
AND Velveeta cheese.
Unfortunately, I did not look over the recipe before shopping so
when I saw Velveeta I just picked up the box. (2 lbs).
WAY TOO MUCH!
So far, in addition to the above recipe, I have made cheesy eggs,
baked macaroni, etc. When this week's recipe came up I decided
that maybe I could substitute the Velveeta instead of Dorie's
suggestions of Gruyere or Emmenthal.
It might not have been the flavor that she had in mind -
but they were very, very tasty. The crackers were flaky, like Cheez-its,
and with the so called cheddar flavor they were so delicious.
I have to admit that they could have been a little thinner and I
will attempt to do that the next time I make them.
These will definitely be a repeat in our house.
Wow. We all LOVED this, which should not come as a huge surprise.
I even closed the book so my guys would not see the title of this recipe.
They figured it out regardless. Gastronomy scale aside, we are big fans of
"Cheez-Its"...with a special affection for the white cheddar variety. Which,
thanks to Dorie, I replicated and improved upon in my kitchen this week.
Along with her recommendation that cheddar does wonderfully, I christened
the new Cabot cheddar we got on our last trip to Vermont.
The taste was rich and truly less salty than the version that comes
in the box. I mentioned to my family, who were gobbling these as fast
as they could, that the herbed olives I recently made from FFWD would be
lovely with this and all agreed HEARTILY. Truthfully I think I could have
gotten them to agree to just about anything at this point but the combo
is a great one. And I will have many chances to test it as this recipe
is so quick and easy that I am planning to make it many, many times.
I already have another batch on hand in the freezer.
While I played with cutting shapes like a holiday cookie -
which truly went very quickly and I assure you I am quite lazy....as Dorie
suggested in the "Bonne Idee"- the simple log cut outs were lovely as well.
The holiday root canal is now behind me and we are playing catch up
with the "non Dorie" cards and gifts, work, blogs and comments. Nana is
busy preparing for the "Feast of the Seven Fish" and we continue to enjoy
the gorgeous holiday cards we receive from our fellow Doristas.
Happiest of holidays and warm regards to all ~