Firecrackers – MSG Free!

Posted by on Sunday, October 14th, 2012


Do you need to turn up the heat or spice up your life a little?  If so, you need to make these hot and sassy saltines to serve with chili or soup, or as a HOT appetizer at your next party.  All of the recipes I researched called for store bought ranch dressing mix. But the store bought varieties are loaded with preservatives and MSG, which I try to avoid.  So I created my own version using my home make RANCH DRESSING MIX and substituting light olive oil in place of traditional vegetable oil for a healthier version.

  • 1 16 oz box saltine crackers (plain or salted)
  • 1 1/2 cups light olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons RANCH DRESSING MIX
  • 2-4 Tablespoons crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 2 gallon plastic zip-lock bag

In a medium sized bowl combine the oil, ranch dressing mix, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Pour mixture into the plastic bag. Open all the saltines and add them to the plastic bag.  Seal the bag and gently shake bag and turn it over/upside down to thoroughly coat the crakers. Set bag on counter and gently turn/shake it every hour or so through the day (4-6 hours).  When crackers have absorbed most of the oil, spread out 5-6 paper towels and place crackers over paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Place crackers in airtight container until ready to serve. Best if consumed within 7 days.

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