So good! Went to the store to grab 2 boxes of crackers after seeing this recipe!
The humble oyster cracker, initially crafted to complement the flavors of soups and chowders, undergoes a delightful transformation with a bit of oven warmth and a generous dusting of ranch seasoning. This recipe for Baked Ranch Oyster Crackers marries simplicity with a burst of flavor, paying homage to the practical yet joyous origins of the oyster cracker from the 19th century. A serving of these Ranch-infused bites proves to be an excellent choice for anyone in search of a quick, tasty snack for gatherings or a crispy addition to fresh salads and hearty soups.
These crackers’ adaptability knows no bounds. Whether served as a standalone snack, included in a homemade trail mix for a surprising twist, paired with a creamy tomato or robust vegetable soup, used as a salad topping, or featured on a cheese and charcuterie board, Baked Ranch Oyster Crackers are sure to impress.
Baked Ranch Oyster Crackers Recipe
4 cups oyster crackers
1 package (1 oz.) ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed (optional)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C).
In a large bowl, mix the ranch dressing mix, vegetable oil (or melted butter), dried dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper until well combined.
Toss the oyster crackers in the bowl, ensuring they’re evenly coated with the seasoned oil mixture.
Spread the crackers in a single layer on a baking sheet, allowing space between them for uniform baking.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.
Remove from the oven once golden and aromatic, then let cool on the baking sheet to crisp up further.
Variations & Tips:
For added heat, mix in a teaspoon of your preferred hot sauce with the oil and ranch mixture.
Substitute vegetable oil with melted unsalted butter for a richer taste.
Cheese aficionados might enjoy mixing a quarter cup of grated Parmesan into the seasoning before coating the crackers.
Keep the crackers crisp by storing them in an airtight container.
This recipe’s simplicity encourages culinary creativity, inviting you to tweak the seasonings according to your palate. Regardless of the adjustments you make, these ranch-seasoned treats are poised to become a favorite at any event or simply as an enjoyable part of your snack selection.