Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers

My mother originally discovered this wonderful snack at a craft fair when I was little, buying a baggie of it for my brother and I before we got too hungry and cranky. Hidden Valley Ranch seasoned Oyster Crackers. It's been a favorite snack of mine over the years and my mother included the recipe in a recipe book she gave me for my bridal shower.

A little Christmas tradition I have had ever since is making some to give to my friends at church. Our church is very small, a lot smaller than most churches (about a dozen families), but I still can't afford to buy everyone a gift. But I enjoy giving a little something to every family, so I make these crackers to give away every year. They are always a big hit. Last year when I worked at the elementary school I made some for my co-workers too.

I finally finished making enough to fill 12 1 quart mason jars tonight so I can bring them to church tomorrow. Here's the recipe so you all can share a little of my holiday tradition joy. I warn you though, they're addicting!

*Most recipes you find now for these only have the Hidden Valley Ranch mix as the seasoning and leave out the dillweed, lemon pepper, and garlic salt, but those three extra spices add a lot to the taste! This is the old school recipe!

Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers

- ¾ cup salad oil (canola oil or veg. oil)
- 1 envelope (1oz. or approx. 2 tbsp) Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
- ½ tsp. dillweed
- ¼ tsp. lemon pepper
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder or garlic salt
- 1 bag (12-16 oz.) plain oyster crackers

Whisk together first five ingredients.
Pour over crackers, stirring to coat.
Place on baking sheets.
Bake at 275 F for 15-20 minutes.
Makes 11-12 cups


Melissa said...

I want some of these!!! :-D I'm gonna have to remember to make some!

mamachat said...

Kira, you need to SCRAPBOOK your Blog. It would make a great way to keep your memories .... without a computer. Who knows in years to come where this blog will be or if you would be able to access it.