Want an easy semi-homemade snack or party munchie? These Spicy Seasoned Crackers are it! Toss mini saltines in seasoning and allow to sit overnight before baking at a low temperature. Serve these spicy, irresistible bites at room temperature for an easy party hit.
I have big news…. the kids will return to school in the next couple of weeks! They will only be attending a few days a week, but still! I have so many mixed emotions. The kids have been home for a year and are ready to be in a classroom with their teachers and their friends. I’m nervous about COVID and additional exposure and about my kindergartner having to sit still at a desk for so long. I’m unhappy that our hybrid model has the kids on their computer most of the day at school, but am relieved that it’ll bring some normalcy back to school.
But I’m also super excited about the idea of being alone in my house. It’s been one of the hardest things for me over the past year – someone is always here. My alone time consists of 30 minutes in the car a couple of days a week to/from work. Not enough. I long to be alone in the house to wander, to start projects and not have to worry about getting interrupted or getting something messed up. I’ll go into work more, but I should end up with an hour of me time each day before the kids get off the bus (because they’re not going to start school until almost 10:00, which is INSANE!). And I’m planning to stay home from work a couple days over their first month back, so that I can rest, relax, and maybe get a couple things done.
So exciting, scary, nerve wracking… all the things. I pray that the kids stay safe and happy, and that this works out for the remainder of the year. I think we all need a change.
Speaking of change, these Spicy Seasoned Crackers certainly brightened up the appetizer spread we had out a few weeks ago. Huge, bold flavors, lots of spicy – I couldn’t help going back for seconds and thirds. While I brought them to game night with our COVID Bubble Family, they’re a fun addition to a lunchbox or afternoon snack. The crackers can also be made up to a week ahead, making it a great recipe for entertaining. Don’t be scared by the times on this recipe. It’s only 10-15 minutes of hands-on time over a 24-hour period, and less than a half hour of baking.
Recipe Notes for Spicy Seasoned Crackers:
- These little guys definitely have some kick! If you prefer something a bit more mild, halve the amount of red pepper flakes.
- Cooking Optional: The original recipe called for full-sized saltines, but I wanted to use mini saltines for snacking. When researching, I discovered that while cooking the saltines isn’t required, it makes them a bit less oily – particularly for the mini saltines.
- Store: in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
- Serving Suggestions: We enjoyed these plain but they’d be great with spinach dip or spinach and artichoke dip.
Spicy Seasoned Crackers
These Spicy Seasoned Crackers are it! Toss mini saltines in seasoning and allow to sit overnight before baking at a low temperature. Serve these spicy, irresistible bites at room temperature for an easy party hit.
- 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 1 envelope Good Seasons dry Italian dressing mix
- 1/2 Tbs. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 Tbs. dried dill
- 11 oz. package mini saltines
In a large, deep container, whisk together oil, lemon juice, Italian dressing mix, red pepper flakes, and dill. Add crackers and stir to coat.
Cover container with an airtight lid (or tightly with plastic wrap) and allow to sit for 18-24 hours, shaking two or three times to continue coating with seasoning.
Preheat oven to 250F. Pour crackers onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
Store for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
I adapted this recipe from Beck’s Crackers in Magnolia Table, p. 147.