Monday, January 14, 2008

Ranch Oyster Crackers

I had the classic City Grandparents/Country Grandparents arrangement growing up. My dad was raised in the city, and visiting his parents meant Pepsi and Pringles and takeout pizza. Visiting my mom's parents out in the country meant corn on the cob fresh from the field, popcorn popped on the stove, and these oyster crackers. At the time, I probably preferred the City Pepsi and Pringles. But now, looking back, I have exceptionally fond memories of the Country fare, especially these crackers, which grandma kept in a huge yellow Tupperware bowl that seemed to have no bottom.

They take about 30 seconds to prepare, and they are delicious--and amazingly addictive! I now bring them to my husband's Family Christmas every year, and they go fast. They've become a family favorite of a whole new family. Give them a try!

Ranch Oyster Crackers

2 (12 oz.) bags oyster crackers
2/3 c. vegetable oil
1 envelope dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
1 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)
1 tsp. celery seed (optional)

Dump crackers into a gallon Ziploc bag. Pour oil over top, close bag, and shake bag to distribute oil. Open bag, dump in herbs and dressing mix, seal bag, and toss around until all of the crackers are coated.

These are great right away, but even better after the flavors have had a chance to combine. They keep for a super long time in your cupboard, but don't expect them to last that long!


Sarah said...

wow. i'd completely forgotten about these. i'm sure the same yellow tupperware bowl is still in use.

Charis & Judah's Mom said... is. It definitely is. Last time I was there, it was still in its normal spot on top of the fridge . . . and I'm pretty sure it was full of crackers. :)

sarah said...

hopefully the same dusty magnet "haste makes waste" is also still on the fridge.

Mom said...

I make this recipe with just 1/3 - 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the same delicious results.

Same magnet collection, but a lot more doctor appointment reminders these days.