blood orange chips

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The Cracker You Probably Haven't Tried Before
It's hard to beat the visual appeal of blood oranges, but that's not the only reason we love putting them on a cheese plate. In this recipe, from Composing the Cheese Plate, you slice the whole, unpeeled fruits crosswise as thinly as possible, dip them in sugar syrup, sprinkle them with fennel seeds and bake them on very low heat in the oven for an hour or two. You'll be left with a crispy, crunchy chip that serves as a cracker, with a gently bitter and tart taste that goes wonderfully with Manchego, or a strong sheep's-milk cheese, such as Pecorino Romano.

Get the recipe: Blood Orange Fennel Chip