Recipe: Parmesan Oyster Crackers


Parmesan Oyster Crackers, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Parmesan Oyster Crackers, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

In case you were wondering, there are no oysters in Oyster Crackers. Instead, they are wheat flour based-crackers, similar to saltines in taste, but with less salt. Said to have originated in the early to mid-1800s in the New England region of the USA, they most likely got their name because they have a shape similar to that of an oyster and were originally served with oyster stew. Today, however, they are usually served with Clam Chowder and other seafood-based soups and stews.  For those of us who prefer a little more flavor in our crackers, here is a recipe for Parmesan Oyster Crackers.

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups oyster crackers
1 handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggian
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Chop garlic cloves then sprinkle with some salt and smash to make a paste.
  3. Set a large nonstick pan over medium heat.
  4. Add butter, oil and garlic and swirl pan.
  5. Add oyster crackers and chopped flat-leaf parsley and toss to coat.
  6. Spread out on a sheet tray, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with shredded Parmigiano.
  7. Pop into the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and crispy.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Substitute your favorite grated cheese for the Parmigiano.

Yield: 2 cups

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, Courtesy: Tyler Florence, Show: Tyler’s Ultimate, Episode: Ultimate Fish Fillet Sandwich, and http://www.thekitchn.com

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