Happy holidays, Fresh Idea Studio friends! It’s Cindy, from Little Miss Celebration and I’m happy to be here today with you and my friend, Therese as we’re in the final countdown to Christmas! If you need a last minute hostess gift idea, I’ve got you covered!
My savory and totally addicting Lemon Dill Oyster Crackers can be made in the twinkle of Santa’s eye and you can make several batches in a flash! I also have a fun suggestion for packaging these tasty treats so they are easily gift ready!
Lemon Dill Oyster Crackers
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon dill seed
- 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1 package Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (dry mix)
- 1 package oyster crackers (Sunshine or Archer Farms, from Target)
- 1 large, brown paper grocery bag
Combine vegetable oil, dill seed, lemon-pepper seasoning and Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix in blender and blend until well combined, about 45 seconds. Place oyster crackers in a large mixing bowl. Pour blended oil mixture over crackers and stir well, making sure all crackers are well coated.
Cut open brown paper grocery bag and spread flat on tabletop. Spread crackers out on paper bag and let sit until dry and bag has absorbed all of the excess oil, about 30 minutes. Store crackers in an airtight container or freeze.
This recipe is easily doubled, and if want to make more, make them in separate double batches. If you have a gigantic bowl to mix them in, triple the recipe and use two brown paper bags.
Here’s a fast and easy way to transform these savory nibbles into a gift! I picked up these wide mouthed glasses at the Dollar Spot at Target! Use any wide, inexpensive glass container and fill with crackers. Cover top of glass tightly with a double layer of Saran Wrap. Tie red and white baker’s twine tightly around glass and tie into a bow; trim excess Saran Wrap. Use a ready-made sticker with a holiday greeting on the front of the glass. I found these great stickers at Home Goods! To give the glass a final holiday touch, use a red sparkle tinsel stem to form a quick, 5 petaled “poinsettia” by bending the stem into petal shapes and wrapping around itself, leaving a small stem. Wrap the stem end around the baker’s twine. In just minutes, you have a delicious food gift that’s perfectly packaged for holiday giving!
Don’t forget to give a copy of the recipe, because your gift recipient will want to make more. Oh, and definitely make a batch for yourself!
How’s that for a great last minute hostess gift idea? Want a few other ideas for treats to make over the holiday?
It’s hard to believe that the next time I’ll be with you, it will be 2014! It’s been an honor to spend time with you and Therese. I have loved every moment that I’ve have been here at Fresh idea Studio in 2013. My heartfelt wishes to each of you for a holiday season filled with happiness and joy, and a new year filled with all things wonderful!
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