Gene’s Saltine Appetizers or Fire Crackers

I recently ran across a recipe which reminded me of one of Gene’s favorite snacks. This is an appetizer he could make without my help as I always had the ingredients on hand and it was very simple to throw together. You just take saltine crackers, drizzle with Italian Good Seasons Dressing, sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano and broil lightly under the broiler until the cheese melts. Go figure, but he loved them!

This recipe from Food and Wine (originally in Southern Living by Sheri Castle) is a little more complicated, has more ingredients, packs a little punch and takes more time to make. They are called Fire Crackers, or Alabama Fire Crackers.

Of course you can use any crackers you would like!

Fire Crackers

This recipe can be easily reduced.

  • 16 oz. pkg. of saltine crackers (4 sleeves of crackers)
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. (2 pkg.) ranch dressing mix
  • 3 tbsp. red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 2 cups olive oil

Fill a large gallon Ziploc bag with the olive oil, seasonings and spices. Close the bag and shake to mix the ingredients.

Place all 4 sleeves of crackers in the bag, re-seal and gently turn the bag over several times to coat the crackers. Let the bag sit overnight.

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Lay out the crackers on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.

Use different spices or even different crackers. The South serves these as party snacks and can be casual or fancy. Serve them alongside soups, chilies or salads. Or just make them as a snack like my hubby did!

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Gene's Saltine Crackers

  • saltine crackers
  • Good Seasons Italian Dressing
  • Parmigiana Reggiano

Place desired amount of saltine crackers on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with  Italian dressing and sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano. Broil until the cheese melts.

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Great with my lentil soup

19 thoughts on “Gene’s Saltine Appetizers or Fire Crackers

    • Thanks – it had to be easy for my hubby to make them 🙂 The cheese and Italian dressing would be my favorite with soups like tomato or the lentil soup in the picture. Then maybe the “fire crackers” with chili or just snack on them.

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    • Thanks – no Gene did not need my help with this appetizer as I mentioned in the first sentence. I just had to provide the ingredients… We rarely cooked together but he sure enjoyed eating everything (or just about) I made. He might grill a steak, stir the fudge, make me an omelet and that was about it!!!

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