Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ranch Pretzel Bites


Now that the holiday season (and football season) are in full swing, many folks are looking for
 bite-size snacks, appetizers and treats to serve large groups of guests.
It's probably one of the most frequent questions I get on here this time of year.
Folks want easy but yummy finger foods.

You may need a snack to take to your daughter or son's scout party.
Or maybe you have a celebration at work and you gotta bring something to munch on.
Or maybe you have a bunch of friends coming over to hang out and watch football.
Or perhaps you just need to give those ravenous folks you call family something to snack on
 while waiting on Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to be served.
Whatever your reason, these little pretzel bites fit the bill.

They are easy, bite-size and packed full of flavah.
And you can make these a few days ahead of time (just store in an airtight container or Ziploc bags).   So you look like a super-star hostess with the mostess and you didn't even break a sweat.
Ingredients:
2 (16 oz.) bags of pretzels (any shape you like)
1 (16 oz.) bottle butter-flavored popcorn popping oil
1 (1 oz.) packet dry Ranch dressing mix
1 tbsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. garlic powder



Directions:
Preheat oven to 250F degrees.

Place pretzels in a large roasting pan
Note: Use any pretzel shape you want.  The traditional twists work great with this too.
If you use the twists, I would break them up just a bit before putting into the roasting pan.
In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
Pour over pretzels.
And stir really well. Make sure all your pretzels get thoroughly coated.
Bake pretzels for an hour, making sure to stir every 20 minutes.
Once finished, allow them to cool and then store in an airtight container or a couple of big Ziploc bags.
Cook's Notes:  This makes a lot of pretzel bites so feel free to cut this recipe in half.



5 comments:

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

My family would love to have these to snack on during the football games!

The Better Baker said...

YUUUMMMM! I"m wild about these. Just gonna HAVE to make some sometime for the holidays....always great to have on hand huh? Thanks for the reminder. I've never used the sourdough pretzels and just love how they look. =)

Nana said...

I have made this for many years using oyster crackers instad of pretzels.

Shiloh Barkley said...

Making this for superbowl!

Theresa D said...

I know that I'm coming in a little late here, but I wanted to tell you how amazing these are! They're not hard to make and the end result is delicious, so it's a win-win. I have tried several of your recipes with much success and this one was no different. Thank you for sharing things like this, I looked like the Queen of the Kitchen for a day. You do a beautiful job here, keep up the good work.