The PinTests: Fire Crackers

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sometimes pins on Pinterest need to be put to the test. Wouldn't you agree? I recently pinned this recipe for "Fire Crackers" on Pinterest but gave it a go with modifications for a picnic I went on yesterday after church. As is, this pin needed some adjustments:
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Original instructions:
"1 lb. crackers, I used 1/3 each of Cheese It's, Mini Club & Mini Saltines; then mix together 1 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 pk Ranch salad dressing mix and 2-3 Tablespoon crushed red peppers. Pour over crackers in a big airtight container, toss several times over a 1 hr period. I like best if made the day before. Will keep for a extended period of time in a airtight container. Do not refrigerate."
My modifications:
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Modifications for "Indiana Fire Crackers":
In a large freezer bag, mix together a half box of Cheez-It's, half box of mini Saltines, and a half box of mini club crackers; add 2 Tbs. of crushed red pepper and 1 Tbs. of ground Thai chili peppers; add just 1/2 pack of ranch salad dressing mix. Toss with just a drizzle of grapeseed oil (about 1/4 cup of oil). Store in a clean freezer bag for up to three days.
The original recipe was way too oily (which made for soggy crackers), way too ranchy, and not spicy enough for me (granted, I like things hot!). Cutting the oil and ranch seasoning and subbing one tablespoon of red pepper for Thai chili was perfect! These were gobbled up at the picnic, and I made another batch that ended up being the perfect compliment to my tomato soup at dinner last night.
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I plan to put a lot more pins to the test, including outfit inspirations and home decor. If you're interested in testing pins with me, let me know! I'd love to see your take on these Fire Crackers, too! I'm on Pinterest under Indiana. Let's mutually stalk each other there, okay?
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