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Old 06-21-2013, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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When I was a kid (and even now) we (as in, my family) put crushed up Saltine crackers in our chili. Some like cheese and green onions, or so I have heard. I've tried it, but I didn't grow up with cheese or onions being an offered option, so it's kind of weird to me. But, yeah a bowl of chili is just a bowl of chili, but a bowl of chili with a handful of crushed saltines in it is awesome. And actually, it's not bad with cheese, either.

Same thing for oyster stew. Gotta have crackers (Saltines or oyster crackers) in my oyster stew. Preferably, crushed. Otherwise it's just a thin milk based soup with some oysters, salt and pepper and maybe a bit of other seasoning. It really gives it some body. Makes it a meal.

Maybe it's just me. I actually put crackers in most stews and some soups. My wife has never understood this. This is while she's eating curry... which is a kind of stew.... with rice. (Which is also pretty awesome.) Curry is nice. Curry with rice is more than twice as nice. That starch addition just, I dunno, wakes it up for me.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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In chili? I put a spoon. My mom likes it with saltines, though. And I do like crackers in soups, but I need to keep an eye on the carbs, especially grain carbs, so I generally don't these days.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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In chili? Fritos
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Throop, PA
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I put cheese in my chili and let it melt. Then I use saltines instead of a spoon to scoop up the chili and put the whole cracker in my mouth. Oyster stew, I like oyster crackers. But I will use a saltine if I have to. Pea soup requires lots of crushed saltines to make it nice and thick. Actually, I use crackers in all soups that I eat. I also dunk bread or sandwiches in my soup. My ex wife and her whole family thought these practices were gross, although they never tried it.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Chili is served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onion and beans.

The oyster crackers operate first as an appetizer, while you're waiting for the server to bring your 5-way, and then when you're about halfway through the meal, the oyster crackers are sprinkled onto the bottom of the plate to soak up the leftover liquid.

Yummy ...
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I like finely diced onions, touch of sour cream and rooster chilli garlic sauce.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I crush saltines in mine too.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Beautiful TN!
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Hubby uses saltines, me I use cheese and sour cream.......excellent
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Sometimes cheese and/or sour cream. Sometimes I'll use Fritos scoops to scoop the chili and then I'll put shredded cheese on top.

I don't ever eat crackers with it or crumble anything into it. No hot sauce because I use a lot of hot peppers like like chiltepin and malagueta when I'm making it, along with some chipotles in adobo.

Green onions are for black bean soup.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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When I was a kid (and even now) we (as in, my family) put crushed up Saltine crackers in our chili. Some like cheese and green onions, or so I have heard. I've tried it, but I didn't grow up with cheese or onions being an offered option, so it's kind of weird to me. But, yeah a bowl of chili is just a bowl of chili, but a bowl of chili with a handful of crushed saltines in it is awesome. And actually, it's not bad with cheese, either.

Same thing for oyster stew. Gotta have crackers (Saltines or oyster crackers) in my oyster stew. Preferably, crushed. Otherwise it's just a thin milk based soup with some oysters, salt and pepper and maybe a bit of other seasoning. It really gives it some body. Makes it a meal.

Maybe it's just me. I actually put crackers in most stews and some soups. My wife has never understood this. This is while she's eating curry... which is a kind of stew.... with rice. (Which is also pretty awesome.) Curry is nice. Curry with rice is more than twice as nice. That starch addition just, I dunno, wakes it up for me.
We always used crushed crackers of some kind, but I wouldn't think of doing that today. In fact we rarely have saltines in our house. We have other crackers. For us, on top of chili you will find grated cheese and chopped onions. That's it unless we are making chili pie, or Frito pie, whatever you want to call it. Then we put the chilit on top of the Fritos and add the cheese, jalapenos and onions.
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