Monday, August 12, 2013

Simple & Crisp Instead of Crackers

You are tired of crackers with that cheese ball at the potluck. Or maybe you are looking for a new eye-catching garnish for that cocktail or cupcake. Simple & Crisp may be the solution you are looking for.

Simple & Crisp are wafer thin slices of dried fruit that are super crisp enough to be able to substitute for a cracker. They are made from the freshest selected apples, pears, oranges and blood oranges.

I was sent a selection of the crisps to try as I thought they would be a great alternative for people with dietary concerns, such as gluten intolerance or a paleo diet, which means no grains. 

The obvious things to do with them are:

photo by Simple & Crisp
Garnishing desserts

photo by Simple & Crisp
Garnishing beverages

And serving with cheeses and charcuterie

I have no idea how they got them so very crisp, but they are. And pretty strong too, which is important if you are using them with dips and cheeses. My only complaint was that the seeds are left in. While this is not too much of a problem with the apples, it can give you a bitter taste with the citrus seeds.

 Simple & Crisp can be found at certain Whole Foods Markets, Dean & DeLucca, and other specialty stores. You can also order directly from them.

Here is the cheese spread I made for the photos.

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion

Mix these together.  

To make a cheese log, chill the mixture til firm.  Shape it into a log. Roll the log to cover with 1/2 cup of slivered, toasted almonds or other nuts.

Garnish with a sprinkling of dill weed or sea salt.

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