Piedmont Driving Club’s Buttered Saltines

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 48 Crackers

Hands On Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

48 square Nabisco saltine crackers


Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Have a rimmed baking sheet ready.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and skim off any white foam that forms. Increase the heat to medium high and bring the butter to a rapid simmer. Continue to skim off white foam and milk solids until the butter is clear and golden. Remove from the heat. You should have about 3/4 cup melted clarified butter. 

Transfer the butter to a large bowl and add the crackers. Toss gently to coat the crackers in the butter.

Transfer the crackers to the baking sheet, placing  the crackers in a single layer. Bake until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Serve warm. 


Serving size: 1 cracker. Calories per serving: 45 calories (percent of calories from fat, 77). Fat per serving: 4 grams (2 grams saturated) 

About the recipe

The Piedmont Driving Club has been serving these buttered saltines since 1972 and have been a crowd favorite ever since. The only crackers that work for this recipe are Nabisco’s. Other similar crackers do not stay as crisp.