Pinned it…Tried it…{spicy pretzels}

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Combine ingredients and mix well (this settles really fast so keep mixing or be sure to “re-stir” if you set it down.)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat on the other sheet.
  6. Place in oven and stir every 20 minutes for 60-120 minutes or until mixture is baked on.  Mine took about 75 minutes.
  7. 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.

Thoughts:

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!

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