After a great late lunch in a touristy type town in Florida, evening had a way of showing up. Dinner promised to be as good as the long walk, the shops and laughter. This was not going to be a heavy sit down affair, as we were ready to nibble. Mary and Ed had it all planned. We picked out a movie to watch, Mary served up a chilled bowl of gazpacho and then filled up snazzy serving bowls of Great Snack Bits. Perfect food, wonderful fun and memories that I will hold dear. Isn't that the way it is when you visit good USAF folk!
The snack mix is the best I ever tasted. Crunchy, sweet, salty - it has it all. This recipe makes a large amount! The toasted pecans carry this above other trail mixes. The heat brings out the crunchy nutty flavor. To roast the nuts, spray a heavy sauce pan with Pam and heat over medium high heat. Add the nuts and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Great Snack Bits
1 10 oz box Ritz bits crackers
1 11 oz box Cheese Ritz bits
1 11.5 gab small pretzels
1 c toasted pecans
1 c vegetable oil
2 1 oz packages Hidden Valley Ranch original salad dressing mix
1 T dill weed
Put crackers, pretzels and pecans in a large container. Mix seasonings and oil; pour over mixture and stir well. Continue to stir off and on for several hours, flipping container to coat well. Put in tightly covered containers.
Just as a side note. You can use Pepperidge Farm Gold fish crackers and Oyster crackers instead of the Ritz. It is fun to change things around sometimes. And more often than not, the store just ran out of an ingredient that I wanted... so experiment and let me know what you chose. Happy trails!