When it comes to entertaining, I like to surprise family and friends with unexpected little treats. I think it’s fun to serve something a little out of the ordinary on special occasions. I typically mix the menu surprises in with the usual suspects, like veggie and fruit trays, so as not to stir up too much trouble. It’s a guarantee I will include homemade dips, homemade bread and butter pickles, homemade potato chips, fancy (and sometimes stinky) cheeses as well as homemade jam on my snack table menu. However, one of my all-time favorite ways to spoil my guests is by whipping up a batch or two of these simple, homemade, saltine crackers!
Only four pantry-staple ingredients are needed to make these crispy saltine crackers and the method is super duper simple too. I’m not kidding, making a batch of these crackers is crazy easy and your guests will think you’ve just outdone yourself when you serve them at your next party!
Saltines are not the only variety of homemade cracker I like to make, but this is my base-recipe for most other variations. I simply change-up the ingredient mixture by adding different types of salts, peppers, herbs, spices and oils in to make a more gourmet-style cracker. It’s a joy for me to get creative with the flavors in these homemade saltines, especially if a theme is in mind for a meal.
In fact, my plan is to share one of my favorite flavor variations of this recipe with you all next week!
But, if you are ready to get crackin’ on a batch of these saltine crackers, you can check out my latest YouTube Video below for guidance. In this video, I make a batch of these rustic yet impressive goodies as you watch!
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Homemade Saltine CrackersCourse: SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Impress your guests by serving homemade saltine crackers at your next gathering! It’s easier than you may think.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/2 cup +1 to 2 tablespoons water, room temperature
Extra salt for tops, if desired
- Pre-heat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl add salt to flour. Add in the shortening and use a pastry cutter (or some call it a pastry blender) to cut the shortening into the flour until it becomes grainy like sand.
- One half at a time, add in the water. Stir with a wooden spoon and eventually your hands until a shaggy dough forms. Turn the shaggy dough out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for 1 minute until it come together. Shape the dough into a disk.
- Roll the dough out until it is reasonably thin (like pie crust). Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Transfer the rolled cracker dough to a baking sheet. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into long strips or squares.
- Use a fork to poke a couple of rows of holes into the top of each cracker. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops of the crackers are puffed and the edges are a light, golden brown. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and allow to cool completely.
- Serve with your favorite, dips, cheeses, soups, stew or chili. Enjoy!
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