Updated: Oct 1, 2020
The Holidays have officially come to a close, Football has ended, NOLA has spoken, NFL you are no match for Who Dat Nation who proved their salt with creating a TV rating dive. New Orleans Saints fan are without a doubt the best fan base in the NFL, they 'Bless those boys', win, draw, or being 'reffed by the NFL". Roger Goodell, you never should have messed with those Who Dats. Ok, I feel slightly better now we can proceed.
Fear not, snack season never ends Baseball is nearly back and March Madness is just around the corner, Summer road trips will happen, then we be back to Football season where it all began, snack season truly never ends! There are still many reasons to make snacks, and have Yummy Pretzels! Yes that is really what these are called, Yummy Pretzels and once you make them you will agree. These flavorful savory treats should come with a warning label, Caution Addictive Substance. This is one of my Mom's recipes, a year-round staple at any family gathering. My kids love them a lot, so do their friends they have been shipped for sharing in care packages far and wide. They are referred to as Pretzel Crack at the office, the legion of Yummy Pretzel fans continues to grow.
Just a few side notes to beware of when preparing to make Yummy Pretzels. Purchase the powdered Ranch Dressing Mix, NOT the dip mix, there are some differences between the ingredients. The best method to breaking the pretzels up into pieces is to leave them in the bag and smash them with a meat mallet. It always feels good to smash things, even on a good day. This method keeps flying debris and crumbs contained in the bag. Don't break them up too small, so if it is a bad day use restraint so you do not end up with pretzel dust. Use a 9 x 13 pan or a roasting pan works great, there is stirring involved and you don't want any of the yumminess to end up on the oven floor. Do store these with a paper towel, they will absorb any excess oil, there will be oil. This very simple recipe, that creates some amazing results, enjoy!
16 oz bag Sourdough Hard Pretzels broken into small pieces
1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix (not dip mix)
I clove garlic minced
1 tsp dill (optional)
12 oz Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn Butter Flavor Popping Oil
Preheat Oven to 200
Place pretzel pieces in the pan spread them out to a single layer.
Measure oil into a 2 cup measure.
Whisk in the dressing mix, garlic, dill (if using) into the oil.
Pour oil mixture over the pretzels, stirring to coat
Place in oven, bake for 45 - 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until the oil is absorbed
Line a bowl with paper towels, transfer the pretzels to the bowl to cool. The paper towels will absorb excess oil. After cooling, store in an airtight bowl, with fresh paper towels.