Seasoned Oyster Crackers

September is just around the corner. The mornings are cooler in most parts of the country, signaling Fall is around the corner. Fall’s cooler weather is the perfect time to begin thinking about tummy filling comfort foods like, soups, stews and chili. And what goes great with a bowl of hot yumminess? Seasoned oyster crackers. Yes, oyster crackers – also known as soup/chili crackers – dressed up with a slightly spicy sassy kick to complement the buttery crunch. I  admit it, once they’re backed warm from the oven…..I can’t resist eating a handful whenever I pass by the pan. Few of the crackers make it to being stored in an airtight container! Try these crackers with my Spicy Corn and Chicken Chowder.

Peace and Java

Prep Time: 5 min                         Cook Time: 12 min                        Total Time: 17 min

 Difficulty: Easy Peasy               Servings: about 17                          Serving Size: 1/2 ounce    

Yield: 9 oz – 1 package                SP: 2


INGREDIENTS: 

2 tablespoons light butter

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon Cajun spice – I use Emeril’s Essence

pinch kosher salt

pinch freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300°

1.On a large rimmed baking sheet melt butter in oven, about 1 minute. Stir in onion and garlic powder, Essense, salt and pepper. Gradually add crackers, stirring with wooden spoon until all crackers are coated with butter spice mixture.

2. Bake crackers for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway through until lightly golden. Cool and store in an airtight container.

NOTES, TIPS & TRICKS: You can melt the butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds add spices and toss crackers until coated if you don’t mind washing an extra bowl.

This mixture is yummy brushed on saltines and baked for 4-5 minutes per batch, about 30 crackers – 1 sleeve.

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