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Fire Cracker Saltines Are A Southern Staple You Need To Try ;-)

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I've never tried these crackers, but I've got to give them a try. ;)

By Allison Lindsey - daily meal - March 12, 2024

"You can have a party filled with hundreds of beautiful, interesting people fueled by bubbly champagne and accented with colorful flowers and dazzling

light fixtures.

But a party isn't a party unless there's finger food.

Whether you like an elegant bowl of marinated olives or cheesy beef sliders held together by a toothpick, the best dishes to bring to a party are those rich in flavor and easy to share.

But what if you don't have a knack for crafting party-ready appetizers? If you need an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack that's as humble as it is extravagant, try fire cracker saltines.


These Southern kitchen weapons are more than just a boring old cracker. With roots that tie back to Alabama, fire crackers are saltines marinated in oil and various seasonings for a blast of flavor that rivals the bland taste of plain store-bought crackers.

Although these spicy little saltines are typically made by combining cooking oil, ranch seasoning, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder, you can add just about any other spice, sauce, or ingredient that makes your heart sing, making it a versatile and customizable snack.

The best part about fire crackers, aside from their bold flavor, is that they're easy to prepare and accessible to foodies who are new to cooking. All you need to make a delicious fire crackers batch is saltines, oil, seasonings, and a container (that you'll use to marinate the ingredients). Although it's a laid-back process, even basic recipes come with instructions, so it's good to keep these tips in mind when making a batch for a party or solo snacking.

Jazzing up fire crackers 🧨

Inspire the fire crackers with an Italian flare by marinating them in a refreshing and herbaceous mix of dried oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes for a subtle kick that stays true to the original recipe.


For something zippy and light, zesty lemon juice or dried lemon peel powder pairs well with the warmth of black pepper further accentuated by a generous serving of garlic and onion powder for an allium flair, culminating in a refreshing, citrus-forward profile with a mild spiciness.

Hosting a barbecue? Smoked paprika provides the crackers with a deep, campfire-like flavor, and when combined with garlic and onion powder, a touch of sweet brown sugar, and chili powder, you'll have a Southern barbecue-inspired snack faster than you can say brisket.

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