Better Bar Food: Cheezy Bits Recipe

By now you probably want to make a batch of Cheezy Bits, which are basically homemade Cheez-Its from Remedy Wine Bar in Portland, OR. These addictive little crackers made from pie crust are infused with cheddar, then coated with blue cheese powder (a secret weapon from Rogue Creamery you should absolutely hoard — 25 pounds is only $640, or a shaker goes for $19). Whether it's a smoky single-malt, a super-hopped IPA or a fine glass of Pinot Grigio you're enjoying, a salty cheese-spiked snack is a perfect companion. Come to think of it, we might up our mac 'n cheese game while we're at it.

Better Bar Food: Cheezy Bits Recipe
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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (optional)
  • 8 ounces Cheddar
  • 8 ounces cold butter
  • blue cheese powder to coat
  1. Sift dry ingredients, then mix with butter and cheese in a stand mixer until just combined to form a dough.
  2. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. On a clean, floured surface, roll dough out to 1/8-inch thick.
  4. Cut with an accordion cutter or pizza cutter into 3/4-inch squares.
  5. Using the blunt end of a skewer, dock each cracker in the middle with a single hole.
  6. Bake on a parchment paper-lined sheet tray at 350°F until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the sheet tray once during baking.
  7. Let cool to room temperature.
  8. Toss to coat with blue cheese powder and serve.
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