A few years ago during the holidays, Richard and I spent an afternoon with his friends Andrea & Travis. Travis brought out these oyster crackers that were tossed in oil, seasoned up and then baked. They were almost like a crouton but far more addicting and snack-able. I knew I had to make my own version and call it Oyster Cracker Munch.
This is the PERFECT thing to eat on its own, top on salads or soups or to mix with nuts, chocolate or whatever else for the ultimate bar snack. Even better – it’s the perfect gift when placed in a tin or mason jar to give to others and it couldn’t be cheaper or easier to make either using your Instant Pot air fryer lid or your oven.
- In a large bowl or in your Instant Pot's liner pot, use clean hands to mix all the ingredients together until the crackers fully absorb the oil and are coated with the seasonings. Really get in there and get under the cracker to toss them with everything as evenly as possible NOTE: Be gentle while mixing so as to not crush the crackers.
- If using an Instant Pot, place the air fryer lid on top, hit Air Fry at 300° for 20 minutes and then hit Start. Every 5 minutes, carefully remove the lid, gently stir the crackers for even toasting and place the lid back on (you'll do this 4 times).
If using the oven, pre-heat to 250-275° place the crackers on a large foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, shaking a few times throughout. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn as all ovens vary.
- Allow to cool for 30-60 minutes before serving on its own, mixed with some nuts and/or M&Ms, or used to top on soups and/or salads! Store in a Ziploc gallon bag, air-tight containers, mason jars or in a tin.
Feel free to make it spicier by adding in 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and/or 1/2 teaspoon Zatarain's Shrimp & Crab Boil concentrate in Step 1.
Perfect for home bars, coffee tables and entertaining, this is a GREAT and ECONOMICAL gift to give away for the holidays. Simply pop it in mason jars or re-use a cookie tin, slap a bow on it and presto! Give the gift of munch.