Seasoned Snack Crackers (Amish Recipe) Make Ahead Mondays

When we moved into Amish country a few years ago, one of the things that surprised me the most was how, well, normal the Amish folks were that I met. I’m not sure what exactly I expected, but I think I fancied there’d be a little olde English* thrown around here and there; maybe thees and thous? I certainly didn’t expect to go to the farmer’s market and see a middle-aged Amish woman laughing raucously at her bake stand while holding a slice of pizza in one hand and a 20 ounce Pepsi in the other.

*Just in case any of you out there think the same thing I did, I assure you they don’t speak with thees and thous and thys and whatnot. In fact, it’s kind of ironic that I thought that since they refer to anyone who is not Amish as English.

Another big surprise for me -because apparently I build up images of various groups of people in my head- was the fact that they used store bought ingredients or items in cooking. I had visions of everything being from scratch. Granted, they do make more from scratch than your average “English” person, but they’re not opposed to taking something from the store and transforming it into something wonderful.

My friends, Ada and Anna, have been telling me for months about the seasoned snack crackers they make all the time. They promised that they were good for snacking, yes, but they also loved to break them up over salads and serve with soups or chilis. Every time they told me about it, though, they had just finished eating a batch and didn’t even have crumbs left in a bowl for me to sample. (They whip up those dishes quickly, people.) Each time they’d tell me about the crackers, I’d slink home sans sample. It finally occurred to all of us that they could just jot down the recipe. It only took a moment for them to write it down and as they handed me the card they assured me it was a simple process with four ingredients.

I had everything in the pantry that was needed -saltines, cheddar cheese powder (hence, the bright orange colour), sour cream and onion powder, and canola or vegetable oil- so I set straight to work. Twenty minutes later, I pulled two half-sheet pans from the oven full of appealing snack crackers.  The crackers were crispy and fragrant and it took little to no time before the kids smelled something that pulled them into the kitchen.  My kids have nearly perfected the art of the quick grab from a hot pan and little hands were grabbing hot crackers and tossing them to and fro in an attempt to cool them more quickly.

There was chattering, there was giggling, there were the first tentative nibbles and then? Then there was only the sound of crunching.  When there was a part in the wave of children attacking the pans, my husband and I dove in for a try. Those crackers were like giant Goldfish crackers or Cheese-Its/Cheese Nips. They were GOOD. My kids soon branched into putting paper thin slices of ham on the crackers. In very short order, they were el gone-o and many little voices were asking for more.

Since that day, we’ve made these on average of once a week, leaving a small bowl out for snacking and tucking the rest away for using the way Ada and Anna recommended; as croutons, snacks or accompaniments to soup or chili. There’s nothing quite like these for dunking in tomato soup or five-alarm chili.

Now, let’s get to the giveaway, shall we? I know that the cheddar cheese powder and sour cream powder may be hard for folks to find locally, so I’m giving away a generously sized bag of each (from my friend Ada’s store) to two different readers. Two winners! YAY! Unfortunately, this can only be open to my readers in the continental United States due to issues regarding shipping food across borders and such. What do you do to qualify for the giveaway? Here are the different ways to enter. Be sure to leave a comment for each one you do!

  • Leave a comment about your favourite quick snack food or a way you’ve been surprised by someone (or a group of someones) before. (1 entry)
  • Like Foodie With Family on facebook. (1 entry)
  • Follow Foodie With Family on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Kiss someone you love and tell me about it here. What can I say? I’m feeling romantic. My baby brother is getting married Sunday. (1 entry)

I’ll tally all of the entries and have one of my visiting family members pick a number at random to choose the winner by this Friday, August 3rd. Winners will be announced here! Good luck folks! The cheddar powder and the sour cream and onion powder are both spec-tac-u-lar on popcorn, just in case you needed another reason to want it.

One final thing before we get to the recipe. If you, like me, are not the patient type and you want to make these right away, I have two links below so you can purchase the powders through my BFF, Amazon.com. (These are affiliate links, and should you choose to purchase after clicking them, I do receive a small commission from Amazon. I just thought you should know.)
Sour Cream & Onion, 1 lb. package

Cheddar Cheese Powder, 1 lb.

Seasoned Snack Crackers (Amish Recipe) and a Simple Giveaway | Make Ahead Mondays

Seasoned Snack Crackers (Amish Recipe) and a Simple Giveaway | Make Ahead Mondays

Simple saltines get a 10 minute makeover turning them into giant cheese crackers reminiscent of Goldfish, Cheese Nips and Cheez-Its turning the boring soda cracker into the perfect snack or accompaniment to chili and soup. Use as a salad topper, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound box of saltines (I recommend using low- or no-salt ones as the powders are generally salty enough.)
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream and onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 250°F. Lay out two rimmed half-sheet pans.

Open all of the sleeves of saltines and put them into a large mixing bowl. In a measuring cup, whisk together the oil, sour cream and onion powder, and cheddar cheese powder until smooth. Drizzle over the crackers and toss with your hands to coat evenly.

Divide the crackers between the two sheet pans and use your hands to gently spread them out into as thin a layer as possible. Put the two pans in the oven and bake, stirring two or three times, for 20 minutes, or until the crackers feel mostly dry to the touch.

Remove the trays from the oven and let the crackers cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. These are good for about two weeks after being made when stored correctly. If they start to lose their crunch, return them to a 250°F oven for about 5 minutes.

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Comments

  1. I like to make homemade trail mix with nuts, small m&ms, dried fruit. Yum!

  2. Liked you on FaceBook!! Wanda Smith Moncrief

  3. Following you on Twitter @wsmoncrief

  4. Kissed my sleeping girls, ages 10 and 12, this morning before I left for work – something I do without fail!!!

  5. Peanut butter filled pretzels. I could eat my weight in them…..but better not. Yum!

  6. I already like you
    , but I officially liked you on Facebook today, while I’ve been accused of twittering around, I don’t use twitter yet, I kissed each member of my family good morning and my favorite snacky food is popcorn with butter and nutritional yeast- of course with a roomful of friends and nice cold drink of choice. Thanks for hosting this contest for us fellow “English”.

  7. I kissed my 3 dirty boys!!

  8. Popcorn!

  9. Right now I love dehydrated Apple Chips from Fuji apples – taste sweet with a bit of a crunch, but I don’t feel guilty! Woo hoo

  10. I love chex mix, home made kind!!! It’s sooo hard to stop eating it :)

  11. My favorite snack is Cheese-Its. I would like to try these Amish crackers though

  12. amy marantino says:

    my favourite quick snack food is air-popped popcorn

  13. amy marantino says:

    i Like Foodie With Family on facebook.

  14. amy marantino says:

    I Kissed my dog’s veterinarian last week. he is a good man who takes excellent care of my pets.

  15. I’m a wardrobe styist and I always hug and kiss my clients on the cheek (female) when we meet and my fellow associates as well. Today was no exception. I’m just that kind of person. I like to spread as much cheer as possible and make everyone’s day a bit brighter. Anyway, my favorite snack is dried vegetable chips dipped in sour cream and dill and if I’m craving something sweet I prefer something (anything!) with dark chocolate. I’m not a big facebook fanatic, but I do like you so I did. (like you on facebook I mean…)
    I kissed my friend’s cats too, ’cause they brighten MY day…

  16. Kathleen S says:

    peanut butter and home made strawberry jam on ritz crackers. Yum.

  17. Sounds awesome! Tortilla roll-ups are a quick snack at our house. You can put anything in them. Usually it’s ham, cheese and mayo or cream cheese.

  18. Already follow you on Facebook and kissed both my wonderful husband and at home son this morning! Last night I got to talk to my USAF son on the phone and, as always, reminded him to always remember he’s loved (miss him so much!). Favorite quick snack? Slice of chicken rolled around a mozzarella stick dipped in Tzatziki! Yum!!!

  19. This time of year, a favorite quick snack is a freshly picked tomato from the garden–given a quick rinse and eaten like an apple. So good!

  20. I like you on facebook.
    (Sharon O.)

  21. I follow you on twitter @sharonjo2

  22. I’m in oz, so I can’t be included in your give away, but I liked you on fb anyway, because I do like you. I have just kissed all four of my kids goodnight and a smooch from my lovely hubby, too. I have sooooo many favourite snacks, but I’m loving homemade seed crackers (thanks!!) on black eye pea humus. Mmmmm

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