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Delicious Appetizer Ideas Featuring Mary’s Gone Crackers to Wow Your Guests

Looking for some entertainment ideas for your holiday get togethers? Appetizers with crackers are always a big hit! They’re a great way to tie guests over before meals and a nice healthy alternative to sweets or greasy snacks. I’ve listed some great ideas below.

Another fun idea for entertaining are charcuterie boards. I like to incorporate cheeses, crackers, fruits and nuts into my charcuterie boards. You can also add spreads, olives and chocolate covered nuts as well. A nice healthy cracker brand is Mary’s Gone Crackers. These crackers are so delicious and packed with flavor.

Mary’s Gone Crackers is proud to offer the tastiest organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO crackers on the market since 2004, proving that gluten-free does not mean have to mean taste-free! Available in 14 varieties, Mary’s is designed to fuel active and health-conscious lifestyles with delicious and nutritious allergen-friendly snacks. Every bite offers hearty whole grains rich in plant-based protein. You can eat them right out of the box or get creative with your favorite toppings to build your own taste bud adventure! With so many flavor varieties, you can create a lot of delicious snacks !


Let’s look at some unique appetizer inspiration featuring varieties from Mary’s Gone Crackers!


Recipe by Karin Fisk | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes 
  •  Gluten Free
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  • 6 whole ripe figs, rinsed, dried, and sliced
  • 4oz of plain goat cheese
  • 12 thin slices of pancetta cut in half lengthwise
  • 12 arugula leaves
  • 12 Original Black Pepper Crackers


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place pancetta in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake pancetta until crisp: this can range from 6-15 minutes dependent on the thickness of the slices and the heat of the oven. We recommend keeping a close eye on them. 

Drain pancetta crisps on a paper towel and cool (about 10 minutes).

On our Black Pepper Crackers, place the crispy pancetta, spread the goat cheese, and top with the fig slices and one arugula leaf.


Recipe by Katie Elliott on behalf of Mary’s Gone Crackers | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes 
  •  Gluten Free
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  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 pieces of thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Fresh thyme springs
  • 4 oz of brie
  • Original Mary’s Gone Crackers


In a pan over medium heat, add the oil and sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add chopped bacon and cook for another 5 minutes. Before adding brown sugar, maple syrup, vinegar, black pepper and chili powder, drain out some of the bacon fat. Cook the ingredients over medium to low heat, watching carefully, for 20-25 minutes until a sticky and jammy consistency forms.

Add a small slice of brie on top of each cracker.

Place in the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully again, until melted.

Spoon 1 teaspoon of bacon onion jam on top of the brie, then garnish with fresh thyme.


Recipe by Karin Fisk | Prep Time: 10 minutes
  •  Gluten Free
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  •  Vegan


  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 medium avocados, cored & peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup lime juice, or the juice of 2 limes, depending on size
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch (or two) of ground cumin (depending on personal tastes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped for garnish (if available)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes for garnish


Place garbanzo beans, oil, tahini and lime juice in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Season and add avocado, onion powder, and cumin; pulse again until smooth.

Top with a drizzle of oil, cilantro and/or chili flakes to serve.