Texas Ranch Firecrackers

Firecrackers

How can something so simple be addictive? I can’t stop myself from having one (or two) every time I am in the kitchen. I’ve made these for our weekend with friends but I’m not certain this bowl will last another day. My picky husband already requested another batch. He has no shame and leaves the kitchen with four or five firecrackers at a time.

Seasoned saltines or any buttery rich cracker can add a twist to your typical dipping cracker/chip. The red pepper flakes add heat and the ranch seasoning adds saltiness and flavor. We’re planning to build an outdoor kitchen this spring in hopes of entertaining more. I’m still in sticker shock so we’re negotiating and making compromises on what we really want versus what will add value to our home. These firecrackers are a must have for all of our parties. I can’t wait to start entertaining this summer!

To ensure that the addictive firecracker sauce gets absorbed by every saltine make sure to stand them up in your lidded container. (See picture below) You’ll make the sauce and drizzle it over all of the saltines and pop the lid back on the container. You’ll want to flip (not shake) the container over every 5 to 10 minutes for 30 minutes to get an even coating.
Soak the crackers in firecracker mix
I didn’t wait 24 hours to taste the crackers. I think I started taste testing them at hour one. They were tasty then but after a day of the saltines soaking in the mixture they were officially addictive.  I bet you can’t eat just one! If you like spicy, salty, and crunchy then you’ve found your perfect cracker. My picky husband asked why it took me so long to make these.

We took a large batch for the ranch weekend birthday celebration. Needless to say they were a hit and quickly disappeared. For my daughter, the biggest hit of the weekend were the brand new baby goats. This little guy eventually fell asleep in her arms and won my daughter’s heart. She is now begging for a pet goat. If only they stayed so little and cute and our HOA allowed them. If only!

Ranch weekend

If you haven’t made these before I beg you to make yourself a batch. These are a simple snack that delivers a huge punch. You really won’t be able to stop at just one! I dare you.

FireCrackers - I bet you can't eat just one

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 ounces crackers (saltines, Ritz)
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil (or any light cooking oil)
  • 1 package or 3 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning mix
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a large lidded container place crackers standing up.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour mixture over the crackers.
  4. Place lid on the container and turn over every 5-10 minutes for 20 to 30 minutes so that the crackers are coated with the oil. Set them aside for 24 hours to allow the crackers to soak up the excess oil.
  5. Store them in a Ziploc bag or keep them in an air-tight container. They’ll keep for about a week if they last that long.
  6. Serve them on their own or with your favorite creamy dip.

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