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COOKING WITH THE SNAP: Alabama Fire Crackers

Editor’s Note: As the SNAP turns 140 this year, let’s celebrate the past with some of our favorite recipes of our grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles. Email bj.drye@ stanlynewspress.com with recipes and a small story about the famous cooks that go with the recipe. Pictures can be included of the cook.

Alabama Fire Crackers

1 Box saltine crackers – Oyster crackers would work well and not crush easily. I would use 1 3/4 bags (approximately 16 ounces) of oyster crackers per seasoning recipe.
1 Pkg. ranch dressing seasoning mix
2/3 Cup vegetable oil – I used half cup, but it wasn’t nearly enough to coat crackers. Some recipes called for 2 cups, which is a lot of oil to add to crackers. I think 2/3 Cup would be plenty.
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder

In a small bowl mix all seasoning ingredients — ranch dressing mix, vegetable oil, crushed red pepper and garlic powder.

Divide oil mixture into two gallon size zipper bags. Add two sleeves of crackers to each bag. Gently shake making sure to coat crackers evenly.

Pour one bag on a large baking sheet.

Bake at 225 for 30 minutes, tossing after 15 minutes. You can also layer in a single layer and not toss halfway during baking. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container.

From the Kitchen of Lori Ivey