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25 Recipes that Start with Saltines

Your grandma didn't need Panko breadcrumbs to add a salty crunch to her recipes—she used saltines! They make great breading for fried foods, toppings for casseroles, fillings for meat loaf and meatballs—even pie crust and candy. Check out what you can make with this old-school ingredient.

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Grandma's Swedish Meatballs

My mother made these hearty meatballs when we were growing up, and now my kids love them, too. My daughter likes to help shake the meatballs in flour. —Karin Ness, Big Lake, Minnesota

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Mom's Meat LoafTaste of Home

Mom's Meat Loaf

Mom made the best meatloaf, and now I do, too. When I first met my husband, he didn't care for homemade meatloaf, but this won him over. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas

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Crispy Beer-Battered Fish

A local restaurant made a similar breading for shrimp po' boys, but we think this version's better. I serve the beer battered fish with a ranch dressing and hot sauce mixture as a dip. —Jenny Wenzel, Gulfport, Mississippi

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Dad’s Cola BurgersTaste of Home

Dad’s Cola Burgers

Before you hand out the drinks, save a little soda to make these burgers. Cola helps soften the texture and kick up the flavor. Used in the meat mixture and brushed on during cooking, it takes this football favorite to another level. —Emily Nelson, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Cashew Chicken Casserole

Cashew Chicken Casserole

I especially like this dish because I can get it ready the day before I need it. It's easy to whip up with common pantry items, including macaroni, canned soup and saltine crackers. —Julie Ridlon, Solway, Minnesota

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Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce

Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce

Crab cakes are a go-to on my party food list. The peanut sauce in this recipe takes the cake! —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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Bacon Cheeseburger BallsTaste of Home

Bacon Cheeseburger Balls

The first time I served these, my husband and kids thought we were having plain meatballs. Then they cut into the flavorful filling inside! —Cathy Lendvoy, Boharm, Saskatchewan

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Cheesy Turkey Meat LoafTaste of Home

Cheesy Turkey Meat Loaf

Nothing says comfort food better than meat loaf! Get this one started in the morning and you’ll have a fantastic hot meal ready even by lunchtime. —Deanna Martinez Bey, Wake Forest, North Carolina

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Easy Pink Lemonade PieTaste of Home

Easy Pink Lemonade Pie

I love bringing something sweet to a potluck, but I don’t like spending all day in the kitchen. Saltine crust is amazing with a no-bake, tart-sweet strawberry lemonade filling. —Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

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Fried Chicken StripsTaste of Home

Fried Chicken Strips

I recently made this recipe of Mom's for my in-laws and they told me it was the "best fried chicken ever." Slicing the chicken breasts into strips cuts down on cooking time and ensures every piece is crunchy and evenly coated. Serve the homemade chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce. —Genny Monchamp, Redding, California

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Special Scalloped CornTaste of Home

Special Scalloped Corn

Carrots and green pepper make this dish colorful, which grabs attention at a potluck. The corn casserole is also a smart idea for when you need to prepare a dish ahead of time—easy baking is all it takes to finish it up. —J. Brown, Fort Dodge, Iowa

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Walnut BallsTaste of Home

Walnut Balls

Most of my family members don’t eat meat, so I’ve made these appetizers for special occasions ever since a friend shared them with me. The moist bites and tangy sauce are always well received. —Bonnie Young, Desert Hot Springs, California

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Saltine Toffee BarkTaste of Home

Saltine Toffee Bark

These salty-sweet treasures make delightful gifts, and their flavor is simply irresistible. The bark is like brittle, but better. Get ready for a new family favorite! —Laura Cox, Brewster, Massachusetts

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Pimiento Cheddar SpreadTaste of Home

Pimiento Cheddar Spread

I was a theater major in college, and our director's mother always made sure we were well fed. I was particularly fond of her pimiento cheese sandwiches and tried making a similar spread for crackers. It tastes just as good as I remember! —Katrina Jameson, Brandon, Mississippi

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Mozzarella Meat LoafTaste of Home

Mozzarella Meat Loaf

My five kids weren't fans of meat loaf until I "dressed up" the usual recipe with pizza toppings. These days, they eat this hearty dinner with their own families. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin

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No-Turn OmeletTaste of Home

No-Turn Omelet

It's a snap to put together this colorful casserole. I like to make it a day ahead, then refrigerate and bake the next morning. With ingredients such as sausage, eggs, cheese and peppers, it tastes like a strata—except it uses crackers rather than the traditional bread cubes. —Helen Clem Creston, Iowa

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Creamy Ranch Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese

I came up with the recipe for this creamy and comforting macaroni and cheese with a ranch-flavored twist. My husband requests it often. —Michelle Rotunno, Independence, Missouri

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Polynesian Meatballs

With pretty bits of pineapple, these meatballs are sure to attract attention—and the sweet-tart sauce brings people back for seconds. —Carol Wakley, North East, Pennsylvania

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Breaded Pork Chops

Breaded Pork Chops

These traditional pork chops have a wonderful home-cooked flavor like the ones Mom used to make. The breading makes them crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. Why not treat your family to some breaded pork chops tonight? —Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan

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Haystack Supper

Served as the main dish at our family reunion buffet, this flavorful layered taco-style dish was a true crowd-pleaser. Folks were pleasantly surprised to find a rice layer, and everyone enjoys the creamy cheese sauce. —Jill Steiner, Hancock, Minnesota

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Hearty Salisbury SteaksTaste of Home

Hearty Salisbury Steaks

I love serving Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables. With its down-home taste, this meal disappears fast! —Dorothy Bayes, Sardis, Ohio

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Company Vegetable Casserole

Company Vegetable Casserole

A neighbor passed this recipe on to me. I make the vegetable casserole for family dinners, reunions and potlucks, and the response is almost always the same when people taste it: "Can I have the recipe?" —Leora Clark, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Meatball Hash Brown BakeTaste of Home

Meatball Hash Brown Bake

For a seniors potluck at church, I wanted to create a recipe that would incorporate a meat dish and side dish in one. This casserole proved to be a crowd-pleaser, and many people asked for the recipe. —Joann Fritzler, Belen, New Mexico

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Fluffy Strawberry Meringue PieTaste of Home

Fluffy Strawberry Meringue Pie

My husband and I are grain and dairy farmers…and big fans of strawberries. The fruit I pick often ends up in this pie. The combination of the cool creamy berry filling and the delightfully different meringue crust guarantees you’ll hear, “Pass the pie, please!” all around the table. —Roxanna Shoffstall, Lakeview, Ohio

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Pot Roast Meat LoafTaste of Home

Pot Roast Meat Loaf

If your taste buds call for pot roast but your pocketbook insists on ground beef, here's the perfect solution! You save on cleanup, too, since the meat and veggies cook in the same dish. —Magdalene Fiske, La Farge, Wisconsin

Hazel Wheaton
Hazel is a writer and editor who has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years in the fields of travel, jewelry arts and food. As the editor of the Taste of Home Christmas Annual (among other titles), she's in the holiday spirit all year round. An enthusiastic baker, she's known for her cookies, cakes and other baked goods. And she still wishes she could cook like her mother.

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