Got crackers? I’ve got ideas. In today’s post you’ll find some tasty, versatile ideas you can serve as party appetizers or enjoy yourself as an afternoon pick-me-up.
From classic meat + cheese ideas to sweet and savory combinations, these ideas will help you use up those crackers that have been sitting in your pantry in a whole new way.
Best Crackers for Snacks
Crackers are the perfect vehicle for spreads, dip, cheese, deli meat, fruit- anything goes. The best crackers for snacking are crispy, thin, and have more surface area for toppings. Below are some of my favorite options:
- Wasa Crispbreads
- Wheat Thins – or homemade wheat thins!
- Town House Flatbread Crisps
- Ka-Me Rice Crackers
- Nut-Thins Crackers Crisps
One of my favorites is Wasa crackers. Not only do they have a large surface for me to load up with snack toppings but because I grew up munching on these as a kid in Spain (way before they were available in the US) and then reconnected with my favorite crispbreads again when I lived in Germany.
Now, they also offer a gluten-free option which I adore and find just as tasty as the classic. They are big enough to hold a lot of toppings, and their crispy texture is undefeatable.
Check out how I like to top Wasa crackers for a substantial and healthy snack in this video:
Aren’t those 3 snack ideas simple to make? Of course, they are perfectly portable. I usually pack a couple inside a lunchbox and enjoy at the office.
Grab your favorite box of crackers and take notes. These yummy topping combinations will have you wanting to make a meal out of this simple snack food.
An easy snack or appetizer with hummus of your choice, diced olives, and feta cheese.
Avocado on Toast
Mashing some avocado or guacamole on a cracker then topping it with fresh pico de gallo takes the internet’s “avocado on toast” to a whole new crispy level.
Fruit & Cheese
Sliced Gouda with sliced apples and a drizzle of honey. Swap the Gouda for any favorite cheese and apples for pears.
A wholesome choice with sliced avocado and fresh tomatoes. Top with crushed black pepper and salt.
Prosciutto & Cheese
This savory and sweet combo of whipped cream cheese with sliced prosciutto and a drizzle of honey will woo anyone.
Salmon & Lox
Swap the bagel for a cracker. Top with a schmear of cream cheese and sliced smoked salmon. Add capers if you have them.
Peanut butter and banana
A combo that will never get old. Want to make this a chocolate lover’s dream? Swap the peanut butter for Nutella, add sliced banana, and enjoy. This one is the ultimate after school snack idea.
The best part is that you can layer anything on your crackers -even turn it into a very crispy sandwich. Can’t decide which one to try first? No worries, create a variety plate. No one is judging.
Are they Portable Snacks?
Crackers can be a portable snack, if you pack them right. Since many of the toppings are “wet ingredients” use a compartmentalized container to pack them separately from the crackers. When of you’re ready to eat, assemble, and enjoy your office or school snack.
I usually pack a couple of ingredient combinations like cheese, fruit, hummus, and deli cuts inside a lunchbox and enjoy it at the office for a light lunch or “adult lunchable”.
Sweet Cracker Topping Ideas
Salty crackers with sweet toppings, like cheese and honey, or Nutella, are always a good idea. Below are some options you can use to upgrade the usual afternoon snack or include in your next party appetizer.
- Sliced apples or pears
- Nut butter
- Shaved chocolate
- Chocolate chips
- Dried fruit
- Jam or preserves
- Pepper jelly (with cream cheese, of course)
- Balsamic reduction
- Crushed berries
- Sliced strawberries
Savory Cracker Toppings
These savory crackers toppings include a mix of classic and more sophisticated options *ahem, prosciutto. A combination with any of the ingredients will be an upgrade in the usual cheese and crackers.
- Cream cheese
- Soft and hard cheese
- Pimento cheese spread
- Ricotta cheese
- Pico de Gallo
- Sliced hard-boiled egg
- Deli meat
- Smoked salmon
- Chicken Salad
- Sliced olives
- Diced peppers
Arranging various savory and sweet toppings with your favorite cracker would make an impressive and no doubt delicious appetizer for guests.
Easy Snacks with Crackers
- ½ avocado, mashed
- 2 Crackers
- ¼ cup fresh pico de gallo
- Spread the mashed avocado over each cracker. Top with pico de gallo and enjoy.