Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hark How the Bells...

Every time I see the red Christmas tin with the old country church, complete with bell tower, I am taken back to Christmases when I was little. That specific tin is the one we used to put one of my favorite Christmas snacks in. A few years ago when Mama was cleaning out her tin collection, I told her that she had to keep that tin. Who knew that asimple Christmas tin could bring on such memories, but for me it does! I wish I had a picture to show, but I don't!
The snack that we used to put in that tin was oyster crackers! Just a little cracker with salty goodness! I haven't had that snack in several years. We've turned to trash because that's what my dad likes (I prefer that now, too!). However, I decided to make this for a meeting I had yesterday because it's a LOT cheaper than trash and is faster. Well, the people at my meeting missed out! No one ate ANYTHING! I had oyster crackers and ginger cookies. Oh, well. Sarah, the girl I worked with this summer hung around after everyone else had left and had some.
It is a simple recipe, only three ingredients. My mom told me it took one cup of oil, but I decided that was WAY too much and halved it. That turned out to be plenty...probably could have even used less. Anyway, here is the recipe.

Christmas Oyster Crackers
1 bag oyster crackers
1 pack Zesty Italian dressing dry mix
1/2 cup oil

Whisk together the oil and dressing mix. Pour over oyster crackers and stir gently. Place in an air tight container with a napkin in the bottom.


The Cookbook Junkie said...

Those crackers look great. I'm craving something like that right now. I love the pretzels with the ranch dressing too.

Emma said...

I actually used a little less oil and they came out delicious! A perfect holiday snack!

Unknown said...

Paula - They are good and easy! Anything salty to cover up the sweet is good.

Emma - I figured less would work. 1 cup would have been WAY too much...maybe that was for 2 bags.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how such small things can leave such big memories?

Those crackers sound like the ones I've been making from a recipe I found on allrecipes.com -- though the recipe on there uses a package of ranch mix and a tablespoon of crushed red peppers (in addition to the oil). They are *so* addictive!

gail@more than a song said...

I haven't made these in a while but I think I have a bag of crackers so, good idea, I think I'll try yours! I might have made them using ranch dressing mix instead of the Italian but can't quite remember.
I think it's.........Carol of the Bells? "Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells.....merry, merry, merry Christmas"
Is that close?!