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Rooster's Famous Fire Crackers...this looks interesting, anyone tried it?

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Posted to Thread #14856 at 9:21 pm on May 19, 2009

Rooster's Famous Fire Crackers
Makes 40 crackers

You won't be able to stop eating these pepper-hot, crisp, crunchy, cheesy crackers. They make a perfect party food, tailgate snack or home-cooked gift. Try the basic recipe, any of the accompanying variations or dream up your own cheese-spice combination. Since these crackers come together so quickly, you'll be tempted make them all.

40 fat-free or regular saltines
10 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 teaspoons red pepper spice blend (such as McCormick Smoky Sweet Pepper Blend)
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees (450 to 475 degrees if your oven runs hot).

Arrange crackers in rows on a 10-by-15-inch jellyroll pan so that crackers are touching each other. One sleeve of crackers fits almost perfectly in this size pan.

Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese. Top evenly with seasoning, then sprinkle with as many pepper flakes as you dare.

Place pan on center shelf of oven, close door and turn oven off. Leave in oven overnight or at least about 4 hours. The hot oven melts and browns cheese, producing an even coating of crisp brown. Fat from the cheese soaks into crackers and puffs them slightly. Leaving them in the oven dries them out well so that they are super crunchy. Break apart and eat or store; they keep well for several weeks sealed in an airtight container.
Basic recipe adapted from Shirley Corriher

Keep in mind
Here are a few tips to remember as you make these snacks at home:
Use any type of saltine cracker you like.
Finely shred the cheese using the small holes on the grater, so it melts into a uniform layer.
Don't be afraid to improvise; any kind of cheese/herb combo is fair game, though we especially like spice blends combining some heat and a bit of sweetness.

Fire Cracker variations
Make these versions using the accompanying basic recipe for Rooster's Famous Fire Crackers, or use them to inspire your own creations.

Smoky cheddar crackers
6 ounces of smoked cheddar (shredded on the finest holes of a grater)
1 tablespoon barbecue seasoning blend (such as KC Masterpiece BBQ Seasoning)

Spicy jack crackers
6 ounces pepper jack (shredded on the finest holes of a grater)
1 tablespoon Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick)

Gouda and seed crackers
6 ounces gouda (shredded on the finest holes of a grater)
½ teaspoon dehydrated garlic flakes
½ teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Lemon-parmesan crackers
5 ounces shredded parmesan cheese (shredded on the finest holes of a grater)
Grated zest of 2 lemons


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