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Friday, December 16, 2011

     Like everyone in the general public, I have to exercise self-control on a day-to-day basis. I try to find ways to make that a little easier. I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I tend to walk on the savory and salty side of life. I also REALLY love crunchy things. If you sit a bag of chips beside me (preferably kettle-cooked), I WILL eat the whole bag. 
     But, Ashley...I thought you had self-control?
                  Correct! I do, but sometimes I choose not to...and that's a bad thing!

Anyways, I thought this recipe would be a fun try. They are baked, so there isn't any frying like a potato chip. I figured they would be a good alternative to potato chips...and they're ranch-flavored! Of course, you can experiment with these and do any number of alternate seasonings (rosemary parmesan, salt and pepper, etc.).

Ranch Oyster Crackers
Disclaimer: All ingredients are to taste for this recipe.

1 tbsp. Ranch Seasoning
1 tbsp. Dill Weed
3 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 c. Oyster Crackers

Preheat oven to 250°F. In a bowl, mix the Ranch Seasoning, Dill Weed, Vegetable Oil, Garlic Powder, and Salt. Once those ingredients are well mixed, add the oyster crackers and toss to coat. 

I started with only 1 cup of oyster crackers and found that I had extra liquid in my bowl, so this is where I added another 1/2 cup of crackers. 

Pour the coated crackers onto a baking sheet (I lined mine with foil). Bake for 15 minutes, giving them a quick stir every 5 minutes. If you want them a little darker, just leave them in an additional 3-5 minutes! Remove and let cool. Then, place in a covered container for a quick and easy snack! 

Happy Cooking!

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