Included in the media bag of products I received from Natural Products Expo East were some thin, gray, rectangular crackers. Honestly, they looked just like cut up cardboard, and they tasted like it, too. Apparently, they were supposed to be the perfect solution to crackers with gluten in them. They most definitely were not.

At the expo, I did find a cracker that is gluten-free and absolutely nothing like cardboard. Kitchen Table Bakers has created a cracker/crisp/chip that’s delicious and very versatile. Instead of being made from any type of flour, each variety is made from Parmesan cheese as its base.

Creator Barry Novick told me how he started baking these crisps in his home when he was looking for a carb-free snack. His first batch was not a success and left a burnt cheese smell in his home for a while, but he kept experimenting until he came up with a workable recipe for an all-cheese cracker. Friends and family encouraged him to create a business out of his crisps and Kitchen Table Bakers was born.

There are now several varieties of Kitchen Table Bakers crisps available.

  • Aged Parmesan
  • Chia Seed Parmesan
  • Sesame Parmesan
  • Rosemary Parmesan
  • Italian Herb Parmesan
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Jalapeno Parmesan
  • Everything Parmesan
  • Caraway Seed Parmesan
I tried several of the crackers, and they were all very good. They’re about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, a nice size. Three of them have about 80 calories and make a satisfying snack all on their own. But, they’re also versatile. Add some tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese to the Garlic or Italian Herb flavors, stick in the oven for a few minutes, and you have some gluten-free pizzas.

The Caraway Seed flavors have a rye bread-like taste. Treat them like rye bread and stuff them with sandwich fillings.

Then there’s this idea that has me salivating: Mix together 4 oz. of goat cheese, 1/4 cup cream, 1 1/2 tsp. honey, a strip of prosciutto cut into small pieces, and 2 ripe green figs cut into small pieces. Refrigerate to let the flavors meld together and then spread over Aged Parmesan Crisps. Sounds like a great appetizer.

Kitchen Table Bakers have no preservatives, are sugar-, gluten-, and wheat-free, rich in calcium (20 percent) and protein (7 grams) per serving, and are baked not fried. They're also vegetarian.

They’re sold in grocery, gourmet and specialty stores across the country, including Whole Foods, Safeway and Giant Eagle.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Kitchen Table Bakers Parmesan Crisps, a pleasantly different gluten-free cracker
My favorite product from Natural Products Expo East solves the cardboard-like problem of gluten-free crackers. It’s all in the cheese.