How does that saying go? “Something or other is the mother of invention”?
Well with me, it is “expensive”. I often come up with some of my best creations after trips to the health food store. I walk the isles offended that they want to charge WHAT for THAT??
So then I get mad and come home and make my own version.
Today it is rice crackers. Now with everyone on the gluten-free band wagon, rice crackers are abundant and varied and increasingly expensive.
So I googled “how to make rice crackers” and there were a few variations, but this is what I ended up doing and it was so simple.
You will need:
- 1 cup cooked rice ( I used brown basmati)
- 1 cooked potato or yam ( see note)
If you like you could just chop and boil the potato or yam, but I decided to roast the yam with a small diced onion like I do in my side dish ROASTED YAM to add a whole new depth of flavour to the cracker.
Then add rice and yams to the food processor. Whiz them up until coarsely blended.
Then it is up to you what you might want to jazz them up with. I added:
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- splash of olive oil
Whiz that up in the food processor till well blended.
Then dump the mixture out onto a piece of parchment paper that is directly on the counter or other flat surface. Cover with another piece of parchment paper and with a rolling pin, roll the dough out nice and thin.
You may need to do this in two half batches. With my first attempt it kept squishing out of the sides of the paper because there was too much in there. You don’t want that.
Then when you have your dough rolled out to a nice size, remove top parchment and then carefully slip the bottom parchment with dough on top on to an awaiting baking sheet.
Use a knife to gently score shapes into the dough so that the crackers come apart easily when baked.
Then put into a 300 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until they are crisp but not browned.
Can it get easier than that?? And for a FRACTION of the price AND they are gluten-free!
And they turned out delicious, probably my best attempt at home-made crackers yet!