Ranch Oyster Crackers
*originally published in December 2013
Growing up, I loved family parties. I have plenty of cousins on either side of my family, and a party meant lots of cousins being together. I’m close in age to one cousin on my dad’s side, and we LOVED any excuse to play together. We took turns riding one of those horses that looked like a carrousel horse but was on springs…I hope you know what I mean. It wasn’t a rocking horse, but it was a similar idea. Almost like a rocking horse for older kids.
She took gymnastics and had a giant foam “balance beam” on the floor of her basement. I idolized the Olympic gymnasts but never really took lessons, so she would try to teach me. A lot of times I would just end up watching her flip around and try to do my cartwheels while staying on the beam. (Spoiler…it’s a good thing it was just foam on the ground because I wasn’t very good.)
One thing I always loved about those parties were the snacks. Her mom would make ranch oyster crackers, which was a special treat. My cousin and I would “borrow” the whole bowl of them, run off to an empty room, and eat all of the ones that had the most seasoning. Then we would put the bowl back and continue playing until we got hungry again.
So, ranch oyster crackers are one of my favorite nostalgic favorite party snacks. They have a lovely level of saltiness with a perfect dill/garlic flavor thrown in for good measure. It’s enough of a ranch taste to please those who like ranch dressing, but not so much that people who don’t like ranch would avoid them. I have another cousin who HATES ranch, but even she loves these crackers.
These are a true in-a-pinch recipe. You can have them ready in under 15 minutes from start to eat. The ingredients are all shelf-stable, so you can keep them on hand for those times when you need to make something FAST – like when your husband has friends over to watch the game and you realize you’re out of potato chips, or for an impromptu girls night, game night, just hanging out…you get the idea.
You don’t even have to make this recipe using oyster crackers. My aunt sometimes makes them with pretzels, and I just saw an episode of The Pioneer Woman where she made something similar with saltine crackers (although hers included melted butter and Italian seasoning). You could even do a combination of crackers and pretzels for a great party mix. They are the perfect little snack to set out at any party…just watch out for little hands that only want the most seasoned ones 🙂
- 1 packet ranch dressing seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup oil (olive oil, canola, or vegetable oil would all work)
- 16-20 ounces oyster crackers (however your store packages them...mine sells them in 10 ounce bags so I use two)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the ranch dressing seasoning, dried dill, garlic powder, and oil. Add the oyster crackers and toss until the crackers are evenly coated with the seasoning mixture. Spread on 1-2 ungreased cookie sheets, depending on the size of the cookie sheet (mine was very crowded...see the picture above...which worked out just fine).
- Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the crackers are slightly golden. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Store in an airtight container or ziptop bag for up to a week...if they last that long!
Don’t forget! If you try these ranch oyster crackers, let me know by tagging a photo with #TGBGblog on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you!