I totally experimented on the Thanksgiving party goers with my second appetizer. A Paula Deen recipe, tweaked to my liking, went over so well that my mom asked me to make it again for the girl’s card game she was attending the following day.
To try it:
- 2 boxes of Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
- 1/2 Tbsp. (heaping) dill weed
- 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. celery salt
Start by emptying the Ritz crackers into a gallon-size Ziploc bag.
In a small mixing bowl, toss together the vegetable oil and herbs.
Pour the medley of spices into the Ziploc bag and zip closed. Try and eliminate as much air as possible. Shake the bag around, lightly grabbing handfuls of Ritz to press the seasoning onto the crackers.
Place in the refrigerator for two hours or more before serving. Occasionally turn the bag over to thoroughly coat the Ritz Bits.
This appetizer or party snack is extremely easy to make., and it looks personalized, because you actually took the time to experiment with more than just setting out plain crackers. Not to mention, it tastes pretty good.
The first bite I took, I wasn’t 100% sure on the flavor combinations stimulating my mouth. After the second helping, I realized the ranch/dill combination, though strong, was similar to biting into a pickle without the crunch and a hint of garlic. The recipe could also be compared to potato salad’s zesty bitterness with a sweetness from the buttery cracker.
The crackers were soft, with a creamy, cheese center to go along with the celery salt and highly flavored Ranch seasoning. For the salty snack lovers, this is for you.