Friday, December 17, 2010

Let's Eat Some "Fire Crackers"...!

I know that with company coming over, or if you are going to be the company somewhere else...having a quick and easy-to-make snack to have on hand or take with you can sure save you some time!

No one wants to spend the whole holiday season in the kitchen, so I have a really quick and easy answer for ya! I'm passing you the recipe here and let me tell you from experience, these are REALLY good!

I've made them and eaten them (still am, in fact) and they are now one of my favorite things to make and share! Try them out! I think you'll enjoy them, I really do!


Things You'll Need:

* 1 box of saltine crackers
* 1 envelope of BUTTERMILK Ranch Dressing Mix (powder)
* 1 1/3 c. canola oil
* 1 Tblsp. crushed red pepper flakes
* Gallon size Ziploc bag

Empty all 4 sleeves of crackers into the Ziploc bag, being careful not to break or crush the crackers. If many of the crackers are broken, you may want to remove the smaller pieces.

In a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup, pour the 1 1/3 c. canola oil (healthier and absorbs quickly into crackers). Whisk in the dressing mix and the crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well. Pour over the crackers in the bag. Seal the bag tightly so oil will not leak out while you toss the bag to coat the crackers with the seasoning mixture.

Turn the bag every 10 min. for one hour; this helps coat the crackers evenly. You may store these in the Ziploc bag or any airtight container.

* May use Ritz crackers as well.

* Great for the holidays.

* Wonderful for just snacking -- just the right amount of salt and spice.

* May add extra crushed red pepper if you really like it HOT!!!

I have to tell you, this is about as easy as you can get! Fast, tasty, and CHEAP! Cost is so little on these things, that you can afford to make a bunch of them without breaking the food budget! A lot of this stuff is probably already in your pantry!

The only thing I've found wrong with that I can't stop eating on them! You need to make enough to allow for the "snack grabbers" like me! That's probably the hardest part!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit in the kitchen for a bit! I've got some fresh cookies to go along with the drinks this morning!

Sorry, but I ate all the Firecrackers already!


Beach Bum said...

Damn they sound great!

HermitJim said...

Hey Beach Bum...
Almost good enough to eat! One of those things, like cashews, that you could nibble on all day long and never get tired of!

Outstanding with some hot chili and a cold beer!

Thanks for dropping by today!

chinasyndrome said...

Since ya ate all of that batch looks like I will have to make some myself!Have a good one!


WomanWhoRunsWithHorses said...

Thanks for the recipe, HJ! A girl at my office brought these to a staff meeting one time last year, they were a big hit! I always bake a variety of goodies for my son-in-law for Christmas as part of his gift. I think there will be some Fire Crackers in his box this year.

Premium brand also makes a mini-saltine, about 1 inch square. I bet using the mini's for this recipe would work great too.

Have a great day!

: )

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe - my wife and daughter like those Mexican manufactured Takis chips, so this would go well with their taste for spicy foods. BTW, anybody notice the price of chile powder nowadays - its gone up. Mom made some venison tamales last weekend, and noted the cost of all the ingredients have gone up substantially.

Have a great weekend HermitJim.

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One,
Sounds like something some of my guest would like to eat. As for me I am a sissy when it comes to hot stuff. :) But the cookies on the other hand sound more to my likin pass the plate and pot please.

Ben in Texas said...

Sound pretty good!! Ann used to make a thing using pretzels and white chocolate. Called Haystacks I think it was. Pretty simple as I remember..

HermitJim said...

Hey China...
I'd share with ya, but I just can't keep my hands off these things!

A lot like having a plate of peanut butter cookies around to go with the coffee!

You have a great day, buddy, and thanks for coming by today!

Hey WWRWH...
You know, that's the beauty of a recipe like can change it to please yourself and it's still good!

I get the feeling that this is one snack that the guys will really like, maybe more than the women!

Glad you're going to try it! Hey, thanks for coming by today!

Hey Anon 7:11...
Right you are about food prices going way up! I've been noticing for a while that a lot of prices are creeping up almost daily! A lot of items that are pretty basic are jumping up fast!

Those of us with a fixed income could be in trouble pretty soon if things don't slow down!

Thank goodness for stocking up!

I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
These are not too hot to eat, so you might like them! Why not make some for your guest and that way you can try them out without anyone knowing?

You know me...cookies always on hand during the holidays! Thank goodness I have some friends that sent me some extra!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Hey Ben...
I've had something like that before and right you are about them being really good!

Again, it seems to be that the taste of chocolate (white or dark) and the salt are a good union!

Many thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

Mechanic in Illinois said...

Thanks for the great recipe. It will go good with venison meat balls we make. Have a great friday.

Rae said...

Sounds good. I've been looking for some new snack ideas for things to set out when all the family is here. This will be an easy one to add to the list.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mechanic...
That it should, my friend! But what doesn't go good with venison?

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Rae...
Fast and easy is definitely the way to describe this snack!

In fact, I'm making some more even as we speak!

Thanks, friend, for the visit today!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi HermitJim, we may give this recipe a try over the holidays since we will be at home and not travelling. Nice to know that you can vary the taste accordingly as I niether of us are overly fond of too hot spices - Grenville's ulcers react badly.

HermitJim said...

Hey Beatrice...
I think that you can adjust it to your liking, no problem!

Might be fun to try, ya know?

Thanks for coming by today!