Smoky Savory Fire Crackers.
One more snack to make before Christmas comes – fire crackers!
These cuties are embarrassingly easy, super addictive, taste incredible and you basically need them in your life. I LOVE THEM.
When we went to Rosemary Beach a few months ago for Lacy’s bachelorette party, we stumbled upon a farmer’s market that Saturday morning. One of the vendors had something they called “fire crackers” out for sampling. They were spicy, seasoned saltines and they were DELISH.
I couldn’t stop thinking about them!
So I googled similar recipes when I got home, and most of the recipes for fire crackers called for using tons of vegetable oil and basically soaking the crackers in the oil – with no baking. That sounded so unappealing to me, even if they are delicious in the end. I get the premise after researching it, but I still… resisted.
I took it upon myself to create my own version of a savory cracker – with lots of melted butter and spices. The crackers are baked so the seasoning really adheres and the cracker stays crunchy!
I just LOVE recipes like this. There is something so retro and wonderful when it comes to doing a seasoned cracker or chex mix or even the cracker toffee around the holidays. It reminds me of the whiskey pretzels that Lacy and I make every year. Because they look like nothing – they just look like regular old pretzels. And when you set them in a cute bowl when hosting friends, they still look like nothing. But then people start eating them and they can’t stop.
Those are the best recipes!!
The ones that are packed with flavor but look simple. The ones that actually ARE simple! Yes, these are so simple.
To make the crackers, I found it easiest to put the crackers in a dish next to each other, then pour the seasoning over top. This way really works to coat the sides. I still suggest taking a spoon to the extra seasoning and dripping it onto the crackers one they are lined on the baking sheet for extra flavor. But the process couldn’t be easier!
The only tedious part is spreading the crackers out on the baking sheet (or sheets, you will need multiple!) in a single layer.
Then bake ‘em! And try not to eat them all. When they are warm.
SERIOUSLY. That is a problem. It is very very very easy to keep on eating these. They are crunchy, savory and so delicious.
Smoky Savory Fire Crackers
- 1 16 ounce box saltine crackers
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Prep two baking sheets by placing a wire rack on the baking sheet.
Place the crackers in a 9x13 inch baking dish so they are against each other in an accordion-like manor - like you took them out of the packaging and lined them up in the dish (you may need to do two batches). This helps the butter and spices get over every bit of the crackers!
Melt the butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir in the sugar, garlic powder, paprika, pepper flakes, oregano, salt and pepper until combined. Pour the mixture over top of the crackers (again, you may need to do two batches!), trying to get in between each cracker. Use a spoon to drizzle any extra butter on the crackers and spread around the butter so it covers the crackers evenly.
Place the crackers in a single layer on the wire rack. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip and bake for 15 minutes more. Let cool completely before serving. You can keep these packaged in a resealable container or bag until you’re ready to use!
Look at that crispy flavor!