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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)
Â½ teaspoon dehydrated garlic flakes
Â½ teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
Â½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
Â½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
Â½ teaspoon kosher salt
5 ounces shredded parmesan cheese (shredded on the finest holes of a grater)
Grated zest of 2 lemons
Other messages in this thread:
- 14856. Rooster's Famous Fire Crackers...this looks interesting, anyone tried it? [LINK] - Curious1 - 9:21pm on 05/19/09 (4)
- How fun! I'll do this in San Diego for the family. On a side note, why, oh why... - Michael in Phoenix - 12:06am on 05/20/09
- I thought the same thing. Before posting, I googled, the recipe is out there and here's a pic. [NT] [LINK] - Curious1 - 12:47am on 05/20/09
- And...not the first time Oregonlive has presented the recipe. Their pic, not so good. [NT] [LINK] - Curious1 - 12:49am on 05/20/09
- I saw this too! Very interesting. CathyZ posted something similar. [NT] [LINK] - Sandi in Hawaii - 8:13am on 05/20/09