This recipe for ranch oyster crackers calls for an 11-ounce packet of ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2.5 tablespoons freshly chopped dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper and/ or garlic powder and a 16-ounce box of oyster crackers. The lemon pepper and garlic powder add flavor but are optional ingredients. Total time for this recipe includes 5 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes of baking time.
Before combining the ingredients, preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a small bowl to mix thoroughly the oil, salad dressing mix, dill, and lemon pepper and/ or garlic powder.
Pour the crackers and oil mixture into a gallon zipper bag. Seal the bag securely and toss the contents until the crackers are well-coated. Place the crackers in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the crackers are golden brown. This recipe makes approximately 8 cups.
Some alternatives to this recipe call for 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese instead of dill or Italian dressing mix instead of ranch. Others reduce the oil, and some do not bake the crackers but let them sit for awhile to absorb the oil and flavoring. These crackers make great party snacks, and many people serve them during the holidays.