3 Surprising Ways to Use Saltines

They’re a trusty companion for tomato soup and tummy aches. But these squares can be wilder than that. Crush them up and they’re (better than) bread crumbs. Cover them in chocolate and almonds and you’ve got a salty-sweet, nearly criminal dessert.


Dark Chocolate Bark

Photo by Danny Kim

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add a single layer of saltines (about 48). Boil 1 cup each butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes over medium, whisking constantly. Pour over the saltines. Bake at 350°F for 8 minutes. Sprinkle with 12 ounces dark chocolate chips, let melt, then spread. Top with 1 cup chopped, toasted almonds; chill. Break into pieces.


Spicy Parmesan Crackers

Combine ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, ¾ teaspoon paprika, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Toss with 36 saltines until well coated. Bake on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet at 300°F for 10 minutes.

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Quick Meatballs

Combine 1 pound ground beef, 2 lightly beaten eggs, ½ cup crushed saltines, ¼ cup grated onion, 2 teaspoons chopped garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt. Shape into 24 2-inch balls. Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook the meatballs, turning often, until cooked through.