Monday, November 24, 2008

Turn Plain Crackers Into Seasoned Snack Crackers

I first titled this post "Make your own" seasoned snack crackers, but I was afraid that was misleading. I'm not advising rolling out dough and baking your own crackers, put taking plain saltine crackers and turning them into delicious, seasoned snack crackers.

Ordinarily, I am not a big fan of saltine crackers. My family likes them, but I'm more of Ritz gal, myself. When I first ate these crackers, though, they turned me into a saltine believer.

Mix together:
  • 1 1/2 c olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 pkg dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 3 T crushed red pepper or pepper flakes

Pour over the contents of 1 box of saltine crackers, in a sealable bowl. "Marinate" the crackers for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes. Spread crackers out a cookie sheets or baking pans, and bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Let these cool, and dig in.

I don't even need dip or spread with these, I like to just eat them plain. You can vary this easily by changing the seasoning. I think Italian dressing mix and a little Parmesan cheese would be excellent. If you don't think you'll use this quantity, make just enough for a stack or two of crackers, instead of the whole box.

During the holiday season we tend to make a lot of dips and spreads and party foods, and of course we have to buy chips and crackers to go with them. Most seasoned snack crackers can be a little pricey, especially when you look at the quantity that you're getting for your money. These are a tasty, frugal alternative, especially if you stock up on saltines when they're on sale. Several stores in my area run crackers on sale B1G1--these are especially good when they're made with free crackers!

Make them for the cost savings, but eat them for the taste!

Good cooking, and good eating, until next time...


edited to add: See links to more recipes at The Grocery Cart Challenge


  1. These sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  2. My mom used to make seasoned oyster crackers during the holiday season. I'll have to try your recipe on some and see what I think. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  3. What a good idea to use oyster crackers! Just the right size to grab a handful and munch, or mix into some chex mix or something similar.

  4. I bet this is good! It reminds me of a recipe I saw for ranch flavored chex mix.I love anything that's ranch flavored!

  5. Yum! I've done something similar and they are always a hit! :D Thanks for sharing!

  6. My husband would love this. I've bookmarked you post so I can come back to it later! Thanks!

  7. Great idea! I have a recipe for seasoned oyster crackers, but not saltines. These would be fun to package up for teacher gifts.

  8. I'm not a big Saltine fan either and this would be a great way to use up a big box that was leftover from a small group chili night not long ago! Thanks!

  9. Frugal? You got my attention! I'm definitely trying these! How are they without the red pepper? My young girls love crackers, don't want to burn up their sweet little mouths! :)
    Warmth, Tracey

  10. thay are good,im eating some rite now.think i got a little carried away with the pepper,;)still good