On a road trip a few years ago, I was casually flipping through the most recent Garden and Gun magazine, when I came across an article written about Martha Foose. She is a fine Southern cookbook author and Mississippi native, living on her family farm named Pluto down in the Deep South. The mention of a Mailbox Cocktail featuring bourbon, ginger ale, a mason jar, and good friends gathering at the end of the day stole my heart.
The article and her recipes were so inspiring, I ordered both of her cookbooks, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course, right there in the car, on my Amazon iPhone app. (thank the Lord for iPhones and 3G service through the backwoods of Kentucky).
A few days later, UPS delivered my new cookbooks. Here comes the embarrassing part. I have only made 2 of her recipes, about 20 times each: her perfect sweet tea and her equally famous bacon crackers. These crackers should be named Win A Man’s Heart Cracker’s, or Get Away with Murder Crackers, or Forgive Me for Hitting the Mailbox in your Truck Crackers. Go ahead and make a batch, you will not be sorry.
From A Southerly Course
- ¾ lb bacon (about 16 slices) thinly sliced bacon
- 42 Rectangular butter crackers (such as Club or Captain’s or Waverly)
Heat the oven to 250°F. 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.
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.
Arrange on a pretty platter and enjoy!