Crackers, Jacked

Ten artisanal crackers to try, and one to DIY

Crackers
Joseph de Leo

More than just a bland delivery system for cheese, artisanal crackers have become increasingly interesting, ingredient-packed, and flavorful. The new versions are meant to be matched with appropriately great cheese, charcuterie, pâté, even smoked fish. Whitney Lamy, founder of Whitney's Castleton Crackers in Castleton, Vermont, points out that artisanal crackers make toppings taste better: She likes to use her maple-glazed ones, for instance, with pungent Roquefort. Here are ten delicious artisanal crackers worth seeking out—and one to make at home.

1. Rip Rap Baking's Bakery Crackers
Thick and airy; topped with seeds and a dash of paprika; $7

2. Whitney's Castleton Crackers Middlebury Maple
A maple syrup glaze complements stinky Muenster and Roquefort; $23 for 5 boxes

3. 34° Natural Crisps
Paper-thin crackers with a delicate crunch; $6

4. Lesley Stowe Rosemary Raisin and Pecan Raincoast Crisps
Packed with dried fruits and nuts; serve with antipasto, dips, or sharp cheeses; $10

5. Whitney's Castleton Crackers Rutland Multi-Seed Rye
Sturdy and sprinkled with seeds; great with brie, smoked fish, and charcuterie; $23 for 5 boxes

6. Roots & Branches Olive Oil Crackers
Airy, savory, and ideal for scooping pimento cheese; $7

7. Z Crackers Sea Salt & Olive Oil
Rustic, sturdy, and hand-cut, they hold up to hummus and beer cheese; $6

8. Effie's Oatcakes
Top these nutty oat cakes with a sharp cheddar cheese; $10

9. Jan's Farmhouse Crisps
Studded with pistachios, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds; pair with pâté or grassy cheeses; $6

10. Sheridans Cheesemongers Irish Mixed-Seed Crackers
Buttery with linseeds, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds; perfect with sharp cheddar; $9