Get Crackering!

It’s a holiday Monday, HRH  is home from school, and the missus is at work.  So that leaves “Super Dad” running the show, which, can be a rather looooong show if you don’t somehow manage to occupy Kidzilla’s attention, like, every waking second.  No small feat, let me tell you!

Luckily, I remembered a kitchen trick I used to do back when I was a tightwad bachelor trying to bank as many pennies as possible for the weekend: making cheap ass crackers.  That’s right, crackers.  It’s easy to do, even for an eight-year-old.  They’re way healthier than the boxed variety and, as it turns out, it’s a great way to begin introducing new tastes – particularly spices – to a kid with an otherwise finicky palate; talk about your ‘Win-Win-Win’.  I know, I’m brilliant.

Just whatever you have in the cupboard.

Just whatever you have in the cupboard.

The recipe is easy enough and only calls for a cheap package of wonton wrappers from your local supermarket, which probably have next to zero fat or calories, some olive oil (or whatever oil you prefer to use), along with whatever spices you might also find in your cupboard.  Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Arrange wontons on the baking pan.
  4. Brush the wontons with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle your spices over top.
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Let cool on a separate pan lined with paper towel prior to eating.

Voila!  Instant crackers!

Beautiful wonton crackers.

Beautiful wonton crackers.

In just about any other situation, HRH  dislikes, well, just about anything apart from plain ‘ol butter , salt and cheese.  Boring, right?  She’ll turn her nose up any anything outside the Holy Triumvirate of basic bland kitchen cuisine quicker than you can say “Eww, gross!”   Today, however, she was a-mixin’ and a-fixin’ and experimenting with whatever flavors we had available to determine what she best liked on her own, personalized signature cracker.  The best part?  It cost me literally $0.


We used various combinations of just about everything we had in the cupboard from salt and pepper, to paprika, to cumin, to Cajun seasoning, to Montreal spice.  She even began asking to smell and sample other spices we had without immediately turning her little nose in the air.  Heck, throw a little Parmesan cheese on top just before banging them in the oven and, Bob’s yer uncle, the perfect 10 minute snack, as if made by angels themselves.

God Help Me.

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