I really love crackers. I do. It’s becomes a bit of a problem if I don’t keep a firm handle on it. I love cream crackers spread with butter, or topped with thick slices of cheddar cheese. I love eating plain Ryvita, licking the salt off my fingers and getting side-eyed by my colleagues for doing it. I love dipping crackers into hummus. I love topping them with chutneys. I love covering them in honey. I will nibble on them as I cook dinner, dipping them into sauces or sprinkling over a little cheese or onion. I could easily go through boxes of crackers in an evening, an afternoon, a lunch time. Crackers and I are old friends.
Recently, I was sent some Thomas J. Fudge’s crackers – namely, the Multi Seed and Oat crackers and the and the Scrumptious Spelt and Seeded biscuits. I immediately ripped open the former and ate a whole pack in one go, but I took more care with the latter.
The Multi Seed and Oat ones look cool as they’re dotted with tiny black seeds, and the Spelt and Seeded ones look like plain golden brown biscuits but are in a hexagon shape. They’re both firm enough to support a good amount of topping, which is very important to me in a cracker. I found the Multi Seed and Oat ones had the most flavour, so much so they were just teetering on the edge of being overpoweringly bitter, but it’s probably my own fault for eating them dry as they were fine with a sweet chutney on top. When I tried the Spelt and Seeded ones on their own they were blander – in a good way! – but a bit dry. It was nothing a swig of squash didn’t stop, though, and I think it’s probably my own fault for being a weirdo who eats crackers on their own. Both were perfect with toppings.
Here are my ten suggestions of what to do with savoury crackers. If you’ve got any more, pop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. Partially so everyone else can experience the crackery goodness, but mainly so I can get even more ideas of how to eat them.
- For plain crackers, top them with honey. This is one of my favourite breakfasts, particularly if they’re nice oaty crackers. If you’re feeling fancy you can add some fruit on top
- Make your own hummus, but add your favourite vegetable. For example, cut peppers half and deseed them, Spray with oil then roast for 30 minutes. Add to a food processor with 2 cans of drained chickpeas, 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of paprika, 100g of Greek yogurt and a good glob of peanut butter. Whizz until blended and taste, adding more peanut butter if you need it. Spread this on crackers. Beautiful
- Top a cracker with a tablespoon of sour scream, some coriander leaves, a few slices of chilli and a pinch of shredded beef or pork
- Take some chopped prawns and mix with sweet chilli sauce. Add a few rocket leaves to a cracker, then add the prawns
- Cheddar cheese and ham. And, if you’ve got it, pickle. It’s a classic flavour combination for a reason
- Finely dice two green chillis and one red onion. Mix half of these with a teaspoon of good salt and the flesh of three avocados, mashing roughly. Add two chopped tomatoes and the remainder of the onion and chilli, and the juice of a lime. Mix, taste, add more salt and pepper if it needs it. Dip the crackers in to transport generous heaps of the guacamole into your mouth
- Mix some chives with some sour cream and spread onto a cracker. Add smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon
- Thickly slice vine tomatoes and mozzarella. Put a slice of each on a cracker, finishing with a basil leaf and a grind of black pepper
- Take a plain cracker and spread it with Nutella. Add some sliced strawberries
- You can even make an approximation of nachos…Pile the crackers into an ovenproof bowl. Fry some red onion and beef mince together with a tablespoon of tomato puree and some seasoning. Pour the mince over the crackers, add generous tablespoons of salsa and a good sprinkle of a mixture of mozzarella and strong cheddar. Bake, remove from the oven, top with sliced spring onion. Or, make the beef mince and have the salsa, cheese and spring onion ready. Every can add a spoonful of each and eat the crackers like that
Any other suggestions? Pop them in the description below!