Thursday, January 17, 2013

Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Seasonsed Oyster Crackers 4

I love it when it snows.

It snowed Wednesday, a little mid-week blast to cover everything in white. Yeah!

I love the quiet that comes with winter snow.

I love being nestled in the house, the snow acting as a buffer from all the outside noise. You don't hear people talking or too many dogs barking (at least not around there, it's just too cold to be outside!)

The most common noise in our ears is the muffled crunch of tires under the snow, or the occasional cracking of the ice underfoot as someone nears the back door.

My favorite place to be in the winter is snuggled under my cozy blanket with a cuppa tea in hand. Give me a book or magazine and I'm a happy girl, or better yet, give me a British television series and I'm in heaven. (Over my winter vacation I watch the entire 5 seasons of Doc Martin on Netflix! I couldn't get enough of it!) It doesn't hurt to have one of my Wood Wick candles crackling besides me either. Don't even get me started on Downton Abbey.

I know lots of folks hate the winter, hate the snow, hate everything about the aching cold of New England, but I love it. I embrace it. It's just another passing season so I try to enjoy it as best as I can.

The house was loaded with cookies and candy over the Christmas holidays. I love sweets but even I got a sugar overload after New Years. We still love to nibble though and I can't think of a better snack than these Seasoned Oyster Crackers.

I've posted these before, way back when. I think they needed a revival cause they are so darn good.

These little crackers are one of my husbands most favorite things.

He loves them with a passion.  His Mom made them for him growing up and she passed the recipe on to me. I know there are lots of variations of this recipe out there, but this is the one we like best.

Just like Oreos or Potato Chips, they are addictive. You can't just eat one handful. Oh no, you can't.

You do need to prep these one day in advance to let the oil and seasonings soak into the crackers. We also have a little ritual that we do with the crackers. Every time someone walks by them, you have to give them a little tumble. Gently though. You just have to ok?

Oh one last things.....these are the perfect snack for football watchin'!

Seasonsed Oyster Crackers 1

Oyster Snack Crackers
recipe from Lisa@ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
Two - 10 or 12 oz bags of Oyster Crackers (I usually find the 12oz bags, either will work)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 heaping teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 pkg Zesty Italian salad dressing mix (small 0.7oz envelope, usually sold in a 4 pack).

Mix all the ingredients together. I pour 1 cup of the oil in a 2 cup measuring cup then add all the spices. Use a fork or small whisk to combine. Place the crackers in an air tight container and pour oil mixture over the crackers. Stir well, but gently. You don't want to crush yer crackers. Let sit 1 day for best flavor. Gently tumble a few times a day.

I know they look like an oily mess. Do not despair. The reason you need to let them sit for a day is so they can soak up all that oily herby goodness. It will work. Trust me.


Anonymous said...

I've made these with ranch dressing dry mix, but with a whole lot less oil. I'd say a 1/4 cup for a whole pack of the oyster crackers. Save the calories with the oil. The flavor comes from the dill and dressing mix, and if you let it sit, they taste the same and stay crispier without all the oil. Also try the butter flavored oil for some extra flavor.

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

They sound wonderful.
Will try your recipe :)

Anonymous said...

they look so good - I'm ready to leap into that bowl!
Mary x

Each Day Fresh said...

I too love snow, cocooning and Downton Abbey!

Jackie said...

As a winter "lover" I'm a wee bit jealous of your recent snowfall. We got around 4 inches before Christmas but not much to speak of since. Now it's mostly grass. There is some predicted snow for next week but doesnt sound like much :(
I may have to try these snacks, maybe they will cheer me up!

Anonymous said...

This would be good with ranch or taco seasoning also.

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