My grandmother --as I knew her-- wasn't much of a party animal. However, she told stories of loving to go out dancing in her early years! When I found this recipe in her recipe boxes, I named it "Mama Trudy's Party Pretzels" because they are a big hit at parties. For the sake of the internet, we'll call them Zesty Party Pretzels, but I'll never forget the lady they came from.
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Modern Changes to Mama Trudy's recipe:
- Instead of packaged ranch dressing mix, I make a homemade version using buttermilk powder and herbs and spices: parsley, dill, granulated garlic, granulated onion, paprika, cayenne pepper, and of course, salt and pepper.
- I decrease the amount of oil called for.
- I use gluten-free pretzels!
- The original recipe says to put the pretzels in a large paper bag inside of a plastic bag so that the oil can be absorbed by the paper bag! There's no need to oil a paper bag so I just use a large bowl.
I mixed the buttermilk powder, herbs, and spices with about a third of the oil called for in the original recipe and I use avocado oil.
I love my huge, vintage, stoneware bowls! They are just perfect for stirring the ranch dressing oil onto the pretzels.
Just stir them around with a rubber spatula until the pretzels are all well-coated. I like to leave them sitting for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. This helps to distribute the seasoning really well.
And now, you have a zesty, tasty snack on hand for parties, movie nights, lunch boxes, and any other time you want something to munch on.
Don't forget to package some up as gifts! I like to use these cellophane bags that come in all kinds of sizes! Tied up with ribbon or twine of some sort, bags of Zesty Party Pretzels make great party favors, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, and neighbor gifts. Your thoughtfulness is your only limit.
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Zesty Party Pretzels
- 2 pounds pretzels I make these with gluten-free pretzels!
- ¼ cup oil I use avocado oil.
- ¼ cup buttermilk powder see notes
- 1½ teaspoons dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ½ teaspoon granulated onion
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- Empty the pretzels into a large bowl.
- Measure the buttermilk powder and all of the spices into a small bowl. Pour the oil in and mix together thoroughly.
- Pour over the pretzels, then using a large spoon or spatula, toss them to coat evenly. Set aside and stir every 10 minutes for 30 minutes just to ensure even coating.
- Store in a large glass jar or canister. Or package for gift giving.