For Christmas Eve & Christmas our family gets together and while my mom & aunts do most of the heavy cooking over the holidays I usually bring some “snacks” or additional treats. There are always a bunch sweet snacks like fudge, cookies, etc so I wanted to bring something salty/spicy to the table. Don’t let the name fool you – its not really spicy, if anything its just a hint of “warmth” as one of my coworkers stated when I brought samples to work. It is on the saltier end, so if you have family members watching their sodium, you might need to revamp this recipe.
- 1 packet of dry ranch dip mix (the kind you add to sour cream)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 20-24 oz bag of pretzels (I chose the holiday shapes of trees, stars, and bells!)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Combine ingredients and mix well (this settles really fast so keep mixing or be sure to “re-stir” if you set it down.)
- Place half a bag of pretzels on a large cookie sheet, and half on another (2 sheets should work, but I could have used 3)
- Pour half of stirred up mixture over one sheet and mix to coat pretzels. I found using my hands worked the best for this part.
- Repeat on the other sheet.
- Place in oven and stir every 20 minutes for 60-120 minutes or until mixture is baked on. Mine took about 75 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled off, place in a zip-top bag or container until you’re ready to serve them.
Optional: I had sprinkled on some steak seasoning (about 1 teaspoon for both sheets) and some grated parmesan cheese (about 1 tablespoon for both sheets) right before I put them in the oven the first time for a little extra kick.
At first I thought these would be oily or greasy but they are not. They do have a bit of a kick but nothing crazy. I think these would be delicious with drinks and could see them making a comeback for tailgating or super bowl parties. My immediate thought would these would taste great with beer, and I’m not a beer drinker! When I found this recipe on pinterest I really wasn’t sure about the combination of flavors but I really like it and could have done with out my extra steak seasoning the end because they are a little saltier than I prefer but again – its not bad – I’m just not that into adding extra salt & pepper to anything.
Overall – this was pretty cheap to make a big bag of flavored pretzels (my store had the dip mix on sale for $.39 this week!), they taste good, and are sort of addictive once you start eating them!
Let me know if you give this a try for the holidays. What is your go to snack or appetizer for family gatherings? I’ll also be making some tortilla roll-ups (my personal fave!).
Happy Holidays & thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!