Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seasoned Pretzels




I was recently invited to an Octoberfest party and I wasn’t sure what to bring.  My German appetizer list is short; pretty much the only thing on it is Reuben dip.  Then I remembered these seasoned pretzels that my cousin made a couple of years ago and thought it would be the perfect accompaniment with beer.  I was right.

Ranch Seasoned Pretzels
  • 3/4 cup canola oil (I actually used half canola oil and half olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon pepper
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional – I like spice and put cayenne in everything)
  • 2 packets of dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3 bags of hard sourdough pretzels – broken into small pieces – I used my method of stepping and standing on the bag and then had to break some of them down further by hand.  


  1. Combine oil, lemon pepper, cayenne, and dry ranch mix.  
  2. Pour over pretzels and throw in oven at 350 for 10 minutes turning them at the 5 minute mark.
Broken up Pretzels
Pretzels Mixed with the Oil and Seasoning
Pretzels fresh out the oven, with the seasoning "baked" on
These pretzels are easy and tasty.  They are salty, so make sure you have an ice-cold beer nearby.    

This is the perfect fall party snack.  

The gift that keeps on giving......
This recipe makes a lot.  After seeing that bag sitting there, I decided to ground up some of the pretzels and use it as a breading for fish.  It was excellent; with lots of great flavor.  I think it'd be great with crab cakes too.  You can grind the pretzels up to use as breadcrumbs easily.  You can also use the pretzels as croutons.  The options are endless! 


Cheers!

PS – I also brought a mix of candy corn and peanuts to the party.   I thought everyone had heard of this combo but apparently not.   Just mix 2-3 bags of candy corn with a jar of roasted peanuts.   The sweet and salty mix is perfection.   Seriously.   Another perfect October snack – looks like you have the makings for a party.   Don’t forget to invite me.    

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