I know. It sounds cray cray. But years of Kirkwood tradition and countless converts says it’s not. (P.S…if you don’t know me, Kirkwood is my maiden name.!) Growing up I would tell my friends about how we ate crackers, cheese, and marshmallows at my house…thinking it was completely normal. It didn’t take many confused looks to realize that I was wrong. However, I would promptly invite them over (because my parents loved to cook for my friends), we would broil up a few of these beauties….and we made them believers!! In FACT, Mr. Rodgers himself has become a believer…and it was his idea to create this post when we were trying to decide on a treat for date night. 🙂
Okay, now a confession. Kirkwoods ourselves are converts to this concept as well!! I think of it as Kirkwood tradition because I have never known my family without said tradition. However, before I was born, my dad’s sister married my uncle Nic…who I have also never known life without. And he introduced my family to his Anderson tradition. And the rest is history. I love my Uncle Nic. And I love this recipe. It is perfection. And now I am proud to say, this is no longer simply an Anderson/Kirkwood tradition…it is now an Anderson/Kirkwood/Rodgers tradition. I even added a few twists. Yep. You guessed it. BACON. I figured if we were going to be naughty and eat a treat…we might as well go all out and really eat a treat haha.
Growing up, we ALWAYS made this with saltine crackers. However, since Mr. Rodgers loves to experiment, he suggested we try it with all different types of crackers. If we had a bigger budget, we probably would have grabbed even more. Personally, I wanted to try this on giant Cheese Its. But we narrowed it down to three types. At the end, I will reveal our thoughts on all three so that you can decide what you want to try for yourself. Or maybe you want to try them all!! Let me know what you like best 🙂 This is a treat you don’t want to miss!!
So, here’s what you need: (For 3 or 4 people)
- 20 Crackers (Traditionally Saltines. We also tried with Triscuits and FlipSides)
- 10 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Cut in Half (Cracker size!!)
- 10 Large Marshmallows, Cut in half
- 5 Slices Cooked Bacon, Cut into bite sized pieces (optional)
And here’s how you do it:
- Preheat your broiler.
- Prep all your goodies!!
- Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Lay out your crackers in a single layer.
- Top each cracker with a slice of cheese, a piece of bacon (if you are using it), and half a marshmallow (cut side down.)
- Slide it under your broiler. Leave the oven door propped open slightly and keep an eye on it constantly cause this happens fast!! Cook until cheese is melted, marshmallows are puffing up, and the top of the marshmallows are toasted and brown. About one minute, maybe two.
- EAT AND BE AMAZED!!!
So….after our experiment, here are our thoughts on the crackers:
Saltines: Best flavor!!!
Sea Salt and Black Pepper Triscuits: Best crunch! But flavor a little overwhelming.
FlipSides: Most trendy! (Pretzel is so in right now!) But just not quite the flavor of those classic Saltines!
Try it…what crackers can you think up that would win with this combo?!
BAM!! How gorgeous, melty, and toasty is that?! You have the crunch of the cracker, the goo of the cheese, the slight crunch and salty smokiness of the bacon, and the super sweet creaminess of the marshmallow with just a little more crunch on top with the toasted top! It’s layers!! And again I say…it’s perfection!! Again, we have with bacon…
And without! And honestly I can’t way which I love better, because they are both so heavenly!! I love the tradition of the original, which really doesn’t NEED anything. However, bacon never HURTS anything, does it?! 😉 Both glorious. And up for you to decide.