Food & Drink

Martha Hall Foose’s Bacon Crackers

Serves 6

A snack from the Mississippi Delta

Photo: Chris Granger

“A naughty little snack. Women my grandmother’s age, like the bridge club crowd, always made bacon crackers. It is a top-secret Delta snack, the bacon cracker. I wish I could claim them [as my invention], but then I would get a flood of hate mail: ‘I was baking these before you were born, honey.’ And I would never hear the end of it.”


    • 3/4 pound (about 16 slices) thinly sliced bacon

    • 42 rectangular butter crackers (such as Club or Captain's or Waverly)


  1. Heat the oven to 250°F.

  2. Slice the bacon slices into thirds crosswise. Wrap each cracker with a piece of bacon, overlapping as little as possible. Place the wrapped crackers ½ inch apart on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan. Bake 1½ hours or until the bacon constricts the center of each cracker and becomes crisp. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the crackers to cool on the rack before eating.

Recipe from Martha Hall Foose’s cookbook, A Southerly Course.