Scout Recipe: Spicy Parmesan Crackers


Fifteen minutes and five ingredients are all you need to create this addictive party appetizer, which will become your new go-to snack for entertaining. To ensure every corner of the crackers are covered, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and shake the crackers with the oil-spice mixture. Not only does this evenly distribute the flavor, but it keeps your hands entirely mess-free. While these crackers can stand on their own, they’d also be great thrown into a homemade party mix—think popcorn, bite-sized pretzels, some peanuts, etc. Or, serve them alongside a plate of cookies or chocolates to capitalize on the beloved sweet and salty combo.

Makes: 36 crackers
Hands-On Time: 5 min
Total Time: 15 min


  1. ¼cup olive oil
  2. 2tablespoons grated Parmesan
  3. ¾teaspoon paprika
  4. ¼teaspoon cayenne
  5. 1(4 oz.) sleeve Saltines, about 36 crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Combine olive oil, Parmesan, paprika, and cayenne. Pour over saltine crackers in a large bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and shake until well coated.
  3. Bake on a parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet for 10 minutes.

~Real Simple


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