The Saltine Elevated

The humble saltine, also known as a soda cracker, isn’t considered a fancy food.  It’s used mostly crumbled up in soup, chili, topped on casseroles and once in awhile it gets slathered with peanut butter or topped with a slice of cheese.  If your tummy is upset the doctor recommends some soda crackers to fend off nausea.  Other then that there just doesn’t seem to be many other uses for the basic saltine.

It was invented in 1876 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  I’ve stayed there and never knew it was the birthplace of the soda cracker, guess it just doesn’t seem like something to advertise in the tourist guides.  The saltines position is so low in the cracker department that it finds it’s home on the bottom shelf of every grocery store I’ve been in.  They are also cheap!  I mean they really are a deal, I got a box of 4 sleeves (store brand) for 98¢.

When my Lulu at work threw a sandwich baggie full of these on my desk and said you gotta try these, I was really excited.  I was also starving at the moment so they seemed like a God send.  I tasted one; crispy, salty (a familiar taste for a saltine) but moister, and more flavorful and spicy.  They were so good that my hand kept finding it’s way into the bag and one by one they were starting to disappear.  Fortunately Lulu came in and snatched her bag back, she evidently wanted me to try them, not devour them all….

Lulu got this reciped from her Aunt Pam.  They are fabulous alone or with a dip.

They are incredibly inexpensive (I dare not say cheap, since we are taking the saltine to a new level)

Spicy Crackers


1 1/3 cup canola oil (do not substitute according to Aunt Pam)

3 sleeves saltine crackers

1 pkg Ranch mix

3 tsp crushed red pepper (0h yeah!)

3 tsp garlic powder

3 tsp dried thyme


Stack the crackers upright in a plastic container that tightly seals.

Lulu provided a drawing so that I would understand, the hash marks represents crackers standing up right.

Cause sometimes I need pictures, words just aren’t enough.

See Lulu, I can follow instructions (just don’t tell anyone at work)

Take all of your seasonings and oil and mix together.

Pour evenly over the crackers.

 Then you wait, you wait so long.  24 hours to be exact.  Flip halfway through.

 Lulu told me that her Aunt Pam would dip into them as soon as three hours, so if you can’t wait….

Lulu likes to serve her crackers with crab dip.

Hmmmm, crab dip, mmmmm seafood.

I served mine with Grandpa HoHo’s Shrimp dip (which will be posted once I get the measurements down).

So Saltine, time to come up from the bottom shelf, stop hiding behind peanut butter and  being crumbled into soups.

Now is your time to shine!

Spicy Crackers
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  1. 1 1/3 cup canola oil (do not substitute according to Aunt Pam)
  2. 3 sleeves saltine crackers
  3. 1 pkg Ranch mix
  4. 3 tsp crushed red pepper (0h yeah!)
  5. 3 tsp garlic powder
  6. 3 tsp dried thyme
  1. Stack the crackers upright in a plastic container that tightly seals.
  2. Take all of your seasonings and oil and mix together.
  3. Pour evenly over the crackers.
  4. Then you wait, you wait so long. 24 hours to be exact. Flip halfway through.
  1. Lulu likes to serve her crackers with crab dip.
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7 Responses to The Saltine Elevated

  1. Leah @ L4L August 26, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    Looks yummy! I’ll have to try it someday!

  2. Janet August 30, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Mom has the recipe for grandpa’s shrimp dip (I think), I will get it from her.

    Meanwhile, a friend of mine brought in “Fire-crackers” at the end of the school year, super spicy and really addictive (which says a lot about them, you know how I am about spicy)…I’ll find out where she got them…you need to try them too!

  3. Lulu September 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I just love getting a mention here and there in the blog. Makes the LuLu feel loved and significant! Yea Me! Im clapping for myself, you just cant see it!

  4. Karen May 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I’ve seen recipes like this and have wanted to make them, but not unless I was going to take them somewhere… I can see me plowing through that whole container. They must be delicious!

    • Giggles May 11, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      You have that spot on, that’s why I’m making them for a crowd…

  5. PMH June 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Found it, these are so different and so good can’t wait to make them. Don’t have any thyme so will substitute with dill????

    • Giggles June 18, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      Dill is just as good! Save me some crackers 😉