Fire Crackers Recipe; The Snack That Kicks You Back; Saltine Firecrackers

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I bet you never thought that you would be eating fire crackers! I did a slight double take the first time that someone asked me if I wanted to taste a firecracker.

I was calling bingo at a senior apartment complex. You never know what some of them will ask, so I wasn't sure what my answer should be. But then I saw the crackers and I realized it was safe.

After tasting them, I knew that I had to have the recipe. I have brought these to several potluck functions and they have always gone over very well. So, if you are looking for something different to take to a potluck that is coming up ... this could be the answer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup olive oil ( I use olive oil because it is one of the healthier oils)
  • 1 T. crushed red chili peppers
  • 1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing
  • 1 box Saltine crackers



The night before you want to make them, or 24 hours before (depending on how hot you want them to be), pour 1 tablespoon of crushed red chili peppers in olive oil. Cover and allow to sit. The chili peppers will infuse into the oil, giving the oil a kick!




Stand saltines on edge in a container. This container holds almost a whole box of saltines. The container needs to be tall enough to allow the crackers to stand on edge and a lid can be placed on the container, but not too tall so that when you turn the container over, the saltines fall out of place.



Pour ranch dressing into oil and chili mixture. Whisk together well.

Pour mixture over saltines. Put lid on container. Allow to sit, turn container over every few hours.

After 24 hours, store crackers in a sealed container or zip-lock bag.

The crackers are best eaten within a week's time.

Crackers are ready to ... knock your socks off ... serve.





This picture shows the oil and spices that remain after moving the crackers from the containers. This is normal. Your crackers will still have lots of flavor.


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Comments: "Fire Crackers; The Snack That Kicks You Back; Saltine Firecrackers" 14 comments

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

What a cute idea! This has other possibilities, too... :)

Thanks for sharing this--I've never heard of them.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni - other possibilities ... hummmm ... wonder what you mean?

Try them, you'll like them.

Thanks for kickin' up the dust in this part of town!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I've never heard of this! The crackers don't get soggy?


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

No, WillStar, they don't get soggy! The oil soaks into the crackers. I guess they are so dry to begin with, that it really doesn't impact them. I store them in a zip lock bag. And try to eat them in a week so that the oil doesn't go stale, but they have never gotten soggy.

Good question!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'll try it! Sounds great.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

WillStarr - come back and let me know how it turns out for you. I look forward to hearing!


RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I'm thinking seasonal--this would be great for July, of course, but what about using chili powder in the fall--true chili crackers! You could experiment and do a whole series of hubs (so I could bookmark them). Yes, that's a hint. :)

We are involved in a ministry that feeds a large group of kids a meal each Friday night of every month, our part being to do the meal once a month (other people are involved in other aspects of the ministry every Friday night of each month) -- anyway, I'm always on the lookout for recipes like this to give them something different, something unique to their lifestyle that will expand their horizons and give them something unusual to talk about. :) It has to be something that's not so unique that they can't take to it, though. A little something different to go with the foods they are used to, and this is perfect. Thanks again!

I would have thought of W S's question when I was doing it, so I'll check back on the comments again. :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni - I'm glad you shared that with me. It is so nice to know that they will be used in a ministry. I will also think about some other things that you might could use, and I will think about other things that could be added to the crackers to make different tastes. Now you have me thinking. Let me know how they work out.


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Oh, no, no. I'm not eating those. Just the sight of those red peppers has me running in the opposite direction and as fast as my fat sausage legs can take me. Noooooo! Nooooooo! What's with those senior citizens of yours? Do they happen to have cast iron stomachs? Noooooooooooo! I've never heard of them "Fire Crackers". In my case, I'd rather eat the real thing!!!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Actually Arlene, I can't tolerate hot things myself, but these aren't too bad. I'm actually allergic to some hot peppers and have had some pretty severe reactions, so I stay pretty clear of them. This has just enough fire to know that you've had some, but then my husband eats jalapenoes straight! Makes me hurt just to watch him. But these I can eat.

Thanks for being the entertaining person you are. I like smiling!


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Gawd, my husband pops those jalapeno peppers, too. I CAN'T STAND WATCHING HIM. It's like watching someone pop M&M candies. But there was a time when I was young and could take it. In fact, I found them quite tasty and couldn't live without them. Not anymore . . . Jeez.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Arlene - my stomach would never have tolerated eating anything even close to that hot. So if I can eat these, I bet you can too.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Oh yeah - a big snack attack, I'm up for making these!!!!!!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hey, Cloverleaf! let me know how they turn out and if you like them! Thanks for coming by!

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