This is easy, fast, and made with simple ingredients most people usually have on hand. Outstanding with dry, crisp whites and, of course, Champagne! With a pinch of saffron, they are ideal with seafood dishes. Use them as croutons and crumble on top of salads.
1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 cup flour, all purpose
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
Dash of salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of white pepper
Mix the dry ingredients together; cut in butter and mic together until thoroughly incorporated and the texture is of cookie dough (really fast in food processor!).
Shape into a long log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made a day or two ahead of time.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring log to room temperature and slice into small cookies about 1 1/4 inches thick. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.
Variations: Add a generous pinch of saffron, or a tablespoon of minced garlic.
WINE: Well matched with Chardonnay, dry Riesling or Gewurztraminer