We’re still in the too-hot-to-be-cooking mode here, so this week’s special is another simple, no-fuss treat compliments of my sister, Marsha. She comes up with some unique and delicious recipes—perhaps from her Bunko pals, who definitely know good eats and how to have fun. Savory Oyster Crackers go great with iced cold drinks or lemonade and are a great addition to the buffet table at parties. Why not have enjoy them in place of popcorn while watching a video? And they're a great on-the-go snack to take in the car since you fix it, shake it, and store it in a zip-lock bag.
SAVORY OYSTER CRACKERS
1 bag plain oyster crackers (Store brand is fine and cheaper)
1 packet Ranch Dip/Dressing Mix, dry
½ to ¾ cup canola oil
¼ to 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, depending on your taste
(Hint: save the leftover packets from Pizza Hut—always fresh!)
Mix oil, ranch dressing mix, and pepper flakes with a wire whisk. Pour over oyster crackers which have been placed in a large zip-lock bag. Seal. Shake to coat crackers thoroughly. Serve after letting flavors blend for a couple of hours or overnight.
Addiction Warning: You may not be able to stop eating them after your first handful, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
For variety you might substitute or add garlic powder, cumin, or parmesan, but really, the basic recipe is tasty on its own.
Thanks, Marsha, for the recipe. Tell me, when are you going to invite me to Bunko??? To the rest of you, stay cool, and remember—treats are on me at the Café, and while you're here, if something’s on your mind, I like to hear it.