The Irresistible 3-Ingredient Snack My Dad Is Famous For

published Jun 16, 2023
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Peanut butter horseradish crackers on marbled surface.
Credit: Stevie Stewart

When I was growing up, it was always a treat when my dad would put out one of his staple hors d’oeuvres for guests: Triscuit crackers with crunchy peanut butter, topped with prepared horseradish. This odd-sounding combination produced a spicy, crunchy, savory mouthful that I couldn’t stop eating. Think of it like a spicy peanut sauce on a cracker. My dad is a man who considers flavors and their combinations with great care. So if he continues to serve something over and over again, you can bet it is perfected. Peanut butter horseradish crackers are perfect and I will proudly serve them this Father’s Day.

Why I Love Peanut Butter Horseradish Crackers

The story behind this recipe is a short one. In the late 1950s, my dad went to a cocktail party in Philadelphia and was offered a Triscuit cracker topped with crunchy peanut butter and then prepared horseradish. It was an hors d’oeuvre he had never seen or heard of before and hasn’t seen out in the world since. He was so intrigued by the flavor that it stuck with him until he was old enough to host parties himself. Since then, if my dad is having people over, you are likely to see a tray of these included in the mix. Although they’re often met with skepticism for the uninitiated, you really can’t knock it until you try one. 

Credit: Stevie Stewart

How to Make Peanut Butter Horseradish Crackers 

Peanut butter horseradish crackers couldn’t be simpler to make. Spread about 1 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter on a Triscuit cracker and top with a dollop or so of prepared horseradish, to taste. 

If You’re Making Peanut Horseradish Crackers, a Few Tips 

  • Taste the horseradish first. Prepared horseradishes can range in heat level. Make sure to taste your jar first and use the amount that aligns with your heat preference. 
  • Swap in your favorite cracker. Although my dad insists on Triscuits, I think this combo would be just as welcome on a buttery cracker, a hearty wheat cracker, or whatever your favorite cracker may be. You just don’t want a cracker with extra flavors that may compete or clash with this already unique combination.
  • Use smooth peanut butter. Don’t like crunchy peanut butter? Go for smooth instead!