But The Cheese Nips Vow That There Will Be A Rematch

A few weeks ago I conducted an informal survey on an issue of critical international importance: do the internets prefer Cheez-Its or Cheese Nips?

And the Cheez-Its, they won handily.

As a result of The Post About The Cheese-Flavored Crackers, I received a couple of recipes via email. And I thought I would share them. Because heaven knows we all need to find more ways to incorporate cheese-flavored crackers into our diets.


Squash Casserole
(recipe courtesy of Moriah)

2 cups cooked summer squash
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup chopped onion (I sauteed the onion before adding it to the casserole)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 small can evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed)
2 cups Cheez-Its, crushed
extra grated cheese for top

Mash squash, add all other ingredients and mix well. Spread into buttered casserole dish, then sprinkle top with extra cheese. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.

Cheez-Its Chicken
recipe courtesy of Kami

2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons onion flakes (or onion powder)
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 cup Cheez-Its crumbs
2 Tbs. sesame seeds (if you’ve got ’em)
8 oz. chicken tenders or cut up chicken breast strips

Preheat oven to 425. Combine 2/3 cup mayonnaise, onion flakes, and dry mustard in a shallow bowl and mix well. Combine the cracker crumbs and sesame seeds in a shallow bowl and mix well. Dip chicken in mayonnaise mixture, then coat with cracker crumb mixture. Arrange on baking sheet covered in Reynolds Wrap and sprayed with Pam or something similar. Bake the chicken until juices run clear, about 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy, everybody!

And thanks, Moriah and Kami!

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  1. Oh my stars, cheez-its for dinner. It’s almost too much to take in.

  2. Now if we could just incorporate Cheese Its into a breakfast cereal, my life would be complete.

  3. SHB,

    Just add milk!


    I just knew that Cheez-Its would win!

    And who says you can’t have Cheez-Its for breakfast! Oh, yes ma’am I most certainly do…sometimes! :)

    Thanks for sharing about your “re-entry.” It touched me!


  5. Totally a Cheez-Its fan–especially when I’m sitting on the beach! Thanks for the recipes! :)

  6. Cheez-its have magical powers. They kept me going from OR to MS to MT and back :) It’s all the necessary food groups rolled into one :)

  7. Ha, just don’t use Cheese Nips or the recipes will be ruined! :)

  8. Cheese-Its all the way for us here, too. And a long time ago I had a wonderful recipe for green olives rolled in crushed Cheese-Its and baked in the oven. DEE-LISH!


  9. I have to believe nobody you know, ever invite to your house or are related to even by marriage has a blood pressure issue requiring sodium intake restriction – that said – your delight in cheese products produces similar delight in those who partake of your witty bloggisms. Oh yeah – and looks like los Whittaker is Throwing Rocks at My BooDaddy again! How cool is that?

  10. I’m so sorry I missed the poll but I see that my fave Cheez-Its won without my measly vote. We can’t keep them in my house. They are everybody’s fave! We buy them by the truckload at Sam’s.

    And I have a veggie casserole recipe that calls for them, too…

    I joke that my backside is going square bc of all the cheez-its I can go through.

    I’ve been enjoying your blog these last few weeks…I feel like the last to know about it!


  11. Sweet cheeziness!

    I still maintain that Cheez-It Twisterz have it all over the originals. And…I found a box a couple weeks ago! Devoured it within days.

  12. my husband’s nickname (from his college days) is cheese. we didn’t find out the sex of the baby during my first pregnancy so baby became known as “the cheez-it”. at my baby shower all food was made using cheez-its.

    for the real.

  13. YEAY! My cheez-it chicken recipe is being shared with the internets! I improvised from a different recipe using the cheez-its instead of other crackers and deemed it perfection. I hope you all try it and love it!

  14. AAAAAARGGH, can’t get to Big Mama’s blog, just getting a canned WordPress error message.

    Sooooo very relieved that your blog is not afflicted too. I’ll just huddle here dreaming of cheese till the world is righted and my two favorite bloggers are whole again!

  15. I am so glad you clarified the evaporated milk. I made macaroni and cheese once and accidently used sweetened condensed milk. It was bad, very, bad.

  16. I have never had either, (I am doubting the authenticity of the CHEESE part) but all these comments and recipes may convert me yet.

  17. Well who knew?! I had NO idea that cheez its could be in a recipe.

  18. I can vouch for the cheeze-it chicken! Very delicious. I have never had the squash, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say, YUM.

  19. Yeah, and I thought I hated squash until I had that casserole and then I had to change my mind. Try it, interpeeps, you’ll like it.

  20. Very interesting…..wouldn’t have thought of recipes that included Cheez-Itz!

  21. Well, I missed the original poll. But as a pre-school teacher, and therefore a connoisseur of all-manner of 10:00 AM Goodies, I must concur with this outcome. In the Land of Cheezy Tasties, Cheez-its reign supreme. I would even go as far as to say, I prefer those imposter Whale crackers to Cheese Nips. :)

    (I also loved your post on re-entry.)

  22. The beauty and the creativity found on this blog never ceases to amaze me: real food made with Cheez-Its!! These have got to be church cookbook/church lady recipes ( who also do miraculous things with various cream-of types of soups, right?) The squash sounds delightful!

  23. There are not enough cheez-its in the world that would make squash taste good. I will try the second recipe though.

  24. Christine says:

    Oh thank you Kami for sharing the Cheez It chicken recipe and thanks BooMama for sharing it with the internets. My little girls may go into swoons of delight if I roll “sicken uggets” in Cheez It crumbs!! Can I presume that Spongebob Cheez It crumbs will work equally as well as the original square variety?! ;)

  25. Boomama:

    I always enjoy the blog, and I like you just because you and sis could be TWINS. No kidding, even down to the obsession with fried chicken.

    But this cheese nips thing, just put you over the top. Like you could be at a holiday with our family, and no one would know you were not part of the family.

    Blog away BM. (that did not come across like I thought it would)

  26. My one year-old son is a total CheezIt addict. A little bag of those in my purse is my secret weapon against meltdowns in stores, waiting rooms, and car trips. I may have to make him some of that chicken!

  27. There was a little drama at our house last night when my HUSBAND, NOT my 2 yr old and NOT my 4 yr old, realized that we were out of cheez-its. “Publix has not had them on sale lately” was my reply. You can make a bet that the next time they are on sale, I will by 12 boxes. Thanks for the recipes, too. Rest assured that we will be having some yummy dinner soon…as soon as Publix has their cheez-its on sale again!

    Was it here that I saw a recipe for fig preserves cake? If so, can you post it again?

  28. The Cheezit chicken sounds so good that I might even get my picky eater son to try it. He loves chicken and is a Cheezit freak so I have a chance. I just have one question. Can you really put Reynolds Wrap in the oven? It won’t melt?

  29. Christine says:

    Hi Mary!! Yes, plastic Reynolds Wrap will melt but I do believe she was referring to tin foil – any brand will work just great! :)

  30. Thank you Christine! To me, Reynolds Wrap is the plastic wrap and aluminum foil is….well….aluminum foil. I thought it had to be foil but thought maybe I was missing out on something.

  31. Wow, if I had any cheese it’s, I would definitely make this chicken recipe.