Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gourmet pretzel wannabes

Don't be fooled by these unassuming looking pretzels - they are sassy and delicious! And if you make a batch while your husband is out of the country you may very well eat them all yourself -- be careful, you won't realize you're addicted until it's waaaaay too late.

My mom produced this recipe that I emailed her in oh 2005 (!) when apparently I was on a mission to reproduce those pricey gourmet pretzels at home. I mean those little bags can get REALLY expensive. For pretzels. So anyway, these are quite spicy but you can always cut back on the pepper if you don't like as much heat.

Spicy Gourmet-ish Pretzels

1 package ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt (you could also substitute onion or celery salt)
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (yep, a whole tsp. - but use less if you like. I've also substituted a tsp. of aleppo pepper and they were not as spicy but still tasty)
3/4 C. vegetable oil

Mix all this in a large ziploc bag. Then add a 15oz (ish) bag of pretzels. Smoosh the bag around to coat the pretzels. Turn it over a couple of times. I made mine at bedtime and let them sit over night - turning them over a few times before I went to sleep. In the morning - delicious, zippy pretzels. My bag had a layer of the coating stuck to it to I just scraped that off with a spatula when I took the pretzels out.

So. So. Good.

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