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These spicy hot fire crackers are the perfect treat to put on the snack table at any party. They have tons of flavor, and they satisfy anyone who loves the heat. They add balance to some other delicious snack foods such as these oven-fried plantain chips or this crowd-pleasing party mix.
Although I typically enjoy extremely spicy hot foods, these fire crackers were borderline too spicy for me. That said, I still really enjoyed them, but I made sure to dip them in yogurt before putting them in my mouth.
Ingredients for Spicy Hot Fire Crackers
You don’t need many ingredients. Of course, you’ll need some crackers. I prefer crackers with a hint of salt and no other flavors. And since I have to follow a gluten-free diet, I used rice crackers. You can use any kind of crackers you like, including saltines.
For the base seasoning, you’ll need Worcestershire sauce and butter. Finish them off with cayenne. Plus, I like to add parsley flakes because they look prettier and the green balances the red of the cayenne.
How to Make Spicy Hot Fire Crackers
First, pour the crackers into a medium-size mixing bowl. Next, melt the butter and add the Worcestershire sauce. If you want to add the cayenne to the base seasoning, add it now. Or you can wait and add it later. Pour the base seasoning over the crackers and mix well until all of them are coated.
After that, pour the seasoned crackers out onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the cayenne over the crackers as evenly as you can. Finally, sprinkle some parsley flakes over the crackers.
Bake your seasoned crackers. After you pull them out of the oven, let them rest for a few minutes before you transfer them to a serving dish such as this 3-tier serving platter I made for special occasions.
I like to serve these crackers with a cooling dip, like yogurt or sour cream. It helps cut the heat and prevent people’s mouths from feeling like they’ve been turned inside out.
Adjust Spice Levels
Whether you like them crackling hot or just sort of spicy, you can make them however you want. Another thing you can do is to prepare them with several different spice levels. If you’re serving them to guests, just make sure you label them “warm,” “hot,” or “blazing hot.” Or you’ll have those who can’t handle the heat clutching their throats and gasping for air.
It’s not difficult to adjust the levels of spiciness. All you need to do is separate them and use varying amounts of the pepper. This time, I used ground cayenne, which is the best type of pepper to have even distribution.
For people who prefer a lot of flavor but no heat, you don’t even have to use any cayenne. Simply serve them with the base seasoning.
Folks who like a slight bit of heat might enjoy a light dusting of cayenne. You can shake it right out of the bottle or add some to the base seasoning. I prefer to shake it directly onto the crackers, but I’ve been doing this a while. If you’re not sure, carefully measure out the cayenne and add it to the base.
Those who claim to love the spiciest/hottest foods will love the ones I made. I added the cayenne to the base seasoning and then gave the crackers a liberal dusting after I placed them on the pan.
There are other ways you can season your fire crackers. Instead of butter, you may use olive oil. Just remember that the flavor will be different, but it is just as good.
If you like spicy hot but without the intensity of cayenne, try a little chili powder. I like this version almost as much, so it’s worth testing.
Other alternatives include Italian seasoning, packets of ranch dressing, Old Bay seasoning, or your favorite curry blend. If you serve a variety at a party, make sure you label them so guests will know which ones they’re getting.
Benefits of Cayenne
According to Medical News Today, eating cayenne peppers is beneficial. Not only do they have quite a few nutrients but also contain capsaicin. Basically, this is an ingredient that can help fight pain.
There are quite a few more benefits of cayenne. Some studies have found that it may increase your metabolism, but that doesn’t mean you can eat all you want without consequences. You still need to be mindful of how many calories you’re consuming if you’re watching your weight.
Finally, cayenne helps relieve congestion. If you suffer from coughs or colds, cayenne may provide relief by shrinking the blood vessels in your throat and nose.
Whatever way you choose to consume cayenne, there is one thing you need to be careful of. Don’t get any in your eyes because it burns like crazy. Trust me on this because I know firsthand.
For the Snack Table
If you have a party or game night, you’ll need a variety of treats for your guests. These fruit kabobs are easy and delicious, and they offer even more balance to the spicy hot fire crackers. I also like to serve chips with this easiest ever guacamole dip.
If you enjoy discovering new recipes and other fun lifestyle blogs, check out the Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth, Over the Moon at Marilyn’s Treats, and Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.
- 4 cups of your favorite unseasoned crackers
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne
- 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- Pour the crackers into a mixing bowl that can accommodate the number and size of crackers. You’ll need to make sure it’s big enough so you can easily stir in the seasonings without them going over the edge.
- Melt the butter and add the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
- If you want to add some cayenne to the liquid mixture, do it now. Pour the butter mixture over the crackers and stir until all of the crackers are coated.
- Sprinkle the cayenne and parsley flakes over the crackers.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before transferring them to a serving dish.
- Serve with sour cream or plain yogurt for dipping.