Seasoned Saltine Crackers

Seasoned Saltine Crackers

I first tasted Seasoned Saltine Crackers at a restaurant in Tennessee this last Christmas when my son had a dinner for all of his employees and their families and the restaurant we were dining at had these to snack on while we waited for dinner. The owner of the restaurant told me that he just used the dry ranch mix on saltine crackers. I searched online and after reading a number of other similar recipes I came up with the following. There is also an idea at the end of this post where you can use the Seasoned Saltine Crackers to assemble an “hors d’oeuver” that is popular in our area.

Seasoned Saltine Crackers

1 package ranch dressing mix*
3/4 cup vegetable oil** – could use 1/2 c. oil and 1/4 c. butter
4 sleeves regular saltine crackers

Place ranch dressing mix and vegetable oil in a large metal bowl or a 2-gallon resealable bag; stir or shake until the two are well combined. Add crackers and fold in or gently turn bag over and over until crackers are fully coated. Set aside for 3 hours to allow the crackers to absorb the oil mixture, stirring/turning bag every 1/2 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Place metal bowl with seasoned crackers in the oven or spread the crackers out on a sheet pan.  Bake the crackers 15-20 minutes, until they are dry. I always use the metal bowl so about half-way through I gently fold the bottom crackers to the top.  Let them cool completely before placing them in a air-tight container.

Seasoned Saltine Crackers

These crackers go great with soups, salads or as the base of the Gourmet Sheepherder’s hors d’oeuvres recipe, which appears below.

*I’ve used a variety of different herbs/spices. If you have a favorite dipping seasoning use it in place of the ranch dressing mix or use part ranch and part dipping seasoning. I have even used some Parmesan cheese and combined it with the dry ingredients and oil.

**I have a friend that tried olive oil and she and her family didn’t like it very well so ended up throwing them out. I have always used vegetable oil when I make them so I know that works. Also the oil/butter combo tastes really good. I’ve never tried olive oil.

Seasoned Saltine Crackers

Gourmet Sheepherder’s Hors d’oeuvres Recipe

The Gourmet Sheepherder’s Hors d’oeuvres “recipe” is just a fancy Sheepherder’s hors d’oeuvres which was first served at the historic Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, Montana. The hors d’oeuvres are simply made by stacking a slice of cheddar cheese, a small piece of onion and a piece of fresh orange on top of a saltine cracker.

Because the town was once known to be the world’s largest sheep shearing and wool shipping point the proprietors of the Jersey Lilly thought that if the sheepherders would have had hors d’oeuvres it would have to be something simple like this – although, I don’t think they would have had many fresh oranges way out there…. In any case, the combination of those four ingredients is really good and I just use the recipe for Seasoned Saltine Crackers instead of regular Saltine Crackers to stack the cheese, onion and orange on and arrange them on a plate – or people can built their own – like they do at the Jersey Lilly.

Seasoned Saltine Crackers
Jersey Lilly’s Sheepherder’s hors d’oeuvre

Seasoned Saltine Crackers
 
I first tasted Seasoned Saltine Crackers at a restaurant in Tennessee this last Christmas when my son had a dinner for all of his employees and their families and the restaurant we were dining at had these to snack on while we waited for dinner. The owner of the restaurant told me that he just used the dry ranch mix on saltine crackers. I searched online and after reading a number of other similar recipes I came up with the following. There is also an idea at the end of this post where you can use the Seasoned Saltine Crackers to assemble an "hors d'oeuver" that is popular in our area.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix*
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil** - could use 1/2 c. oil and 1/4 c. butter
  • 4 sleeves regular saltine crackers
Instructions
  1. Place ranch dressing mix and vegetable oil in a large metal bowl or a 2-gallon resealable bag; stir or shake until the two are well combined. Add crackers and fold in or gently turn bag over and over until crackers are fully coated. Set aside for 3 hours to allow the crackers to absorb the oil mixture, stirring/turning bag every 1/2 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Place metal bowl with seasoned crackers in the oven or spread the crackers out on a sheet pan. Bake the crackers 15-20 minutes, until they are dry. I always use the metal bowl so about half-way through I gently fold the bottom crackers to the top. Let them cool completely before placing them in a air-tight container. Notes: These crackers go great with soups, salads or as the base of the Gourmet Sheepherder’s hors d’oeuvres recipe, which appears below. *I’ve used a variety of different herbs/spices. If you have a favorite dipping seasoning use it in place of the ranch dressing mix or use part ranch and part dipping seasoning. I have even used some Parmesan cheese and combined it with the dry ingredients and oil. **I have a friend that tried olive oil and she and her family didn’t like it very well so ended up throwing them out. I have always used vegetable oil when I make them so I know that works. Also the oil/butter combo tastes really good. I’ve never tried olive oil. Gourmet Sheepherder's Hors d'oeuvres The Gourmet Sheepherder’s Hors d’oeuvres "recipe" is just a fancy Sheepherder’s hors d’oeuvres which was first served at the historic Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, Montana. The hors d’oeuvres are simply made by stacking a slice of cheddar cheese, a small piece of onion and a piece of fresh orange on top of a saltine cracker. Because the town was once known to be the world’s largest sheep shearing and wool shipping point the proprietors of the Jersey Lilly thought that if the sheepherders would have had hors d’oeuvres it would have to be something simple like this - although, I don’t think they would have had many fresh oranges way out there…. In any case, the combination of those four ingredients is really good and I just use the recipe for Seasoned Saltine Crackers instead of regular Saltine Crackers to stack the cheese, onion and orange on and arrange them on a plate - or people can built their own - like they do at the Jersey Lilly.

 

 

 

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