I needed to bring along snacks to share for a couple of fun events I was attending this 4th of July weekend. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously, I live in a charming 100+ year old marginally-insulated cottage (emphasis on marginally-insulated!). Therefore, when it is summertime, time spent in the kitchen (which has NO insulation, except for what I installed in the cabinets after having peanut butter melt last summer) is at a minimum.
I pulled out my beloved recipe collection to see if there was an oldie but goodie I could pull together without contributing to the ongoing labors of the air conditioning unit. I had forgotten all about this savory little gem. You can easily find this recipe online, but in the years since I first received it, I’ve tweaked it to suit our tastes, and to optimize the drying/soaking up the oil process (while still keeping the crackers crunchy). Oyster Cracker Snack Mix was a big hit at both events, and I had a number of requests for the recipe, so here you go:
Oyster Cracker Snack Mix
1 box/bag of oyster crackers (little round saltine crackers, usually found floating in soup — go ahead and buy the cheapest ones you can find, because you are going to transform them!)
½ cup oil (vegetable or olive)
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry dill weed
1 small package original dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
Whisk oil and all dry ingredients (except crackers), until well blended.
Add the crackers and stir until all are coated with oil mixture.
Remove crackers from oil mixture with slotted spoon. Place in single layer on cookie sheets lined with paper towels to dry.
I hurried this process along a bit by putting the three cookie sheets (I tripled the recipe for event-attending!) on the dining room table under a ceiling fan at high speed. Store in a closed container to keep them crunchy (but I doubt there will be much leftover to “store”).
- ½ cup oil (vegetable or olive)
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dry dill weed
- 1 small package original dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
- Whisk oil and all dry ingredients except crackers until well blended
- Add the crackers and stir until they are thoroughly coated
- Remove crackers from oil mixture with slotted spoon, place in single layer on cookie sheets lined with paper towels to dry