Recipe: Bacon Crackers – Martha Hall Foose

Bacon Crackers by Martha Hall Foose

Martha Hall Foose is Mississippi’s greatest culinary export. Following on from Screen Doors and Sweet Tea Martha’s latest book, Southerly Course: Recipes & Stories from Close to Home, covers such Southern US treats as Skillet Fried Corn and Chocolate Chiffon Pie, Peanut Chicken and Sweet Pickle Braised Pork Shoulder. Here, Martha gives readers a taste of what’s in the book with a recipe for Bacon Crackers.

“This may barely qualify as a recipe. It’s not a time-saver, that’s for sure, because these take forever to assemble. That doesn’t stop my friend Neck-bone Red from dropping me a note to inquire if I am going to be bringing bacon crackers whenever she knows I’ll be at a party. I have found in my hours devoted to crafting these irresistible bowtie-shaped snacks that the way to make a bunch of them at a time is to place them on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. The rack keeps the crackers from getting soggy while they bake and are corseted by the bacon.”

Bacon Crackers Recipe


Yield: Serves 6


  • 3/4 pound (about 16 slices) Thinly sliced bacon
  • 42 Rectangular butter crackers (such as Club or Captain’s or Waverly)

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Slice the bacon slices into thirds crosswise.
  3. Wrap each cracker with a piece of bacon, overlapping as little as possible.
  4. Place the wrapped crackers 1/2 inch apart on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan.
  5. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until the bacon constricts the center of each cracker and becomes crisp.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the crackers to cool on the rack.

Southerly Course: Recipes & Stories from Close to Home will be released on April 12th 2011.

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