I have an addictive personality. I can admit it. Not in the the sense that you become addicted to me (though I guess one might, but that hasn’t so much been an issue) rather that I can easily form an addition to things. It might be genetic (I had a relative that had his hand shot off to pay a gambling debt . For real. OMG!!) or it might just be an odd personality quirk, but the need to do whatever it is becomes something very real, and very tangible, very quickly. If I go to a casino I only take a limited amount of cash and I make myself leave if I start feeling that I need to play. The same with horse races. And these awesome pain killers that made me feel like a new woman every morning that I took on for my torn Achilles tendon. The moment that the urge becomes palpable, I stop. I do. I swear it. You can ask Ken. But sometimes I can’t help but become a wee bit obsessed and my way of coping is to share my vices with my friends. So today I bring you my latest drug of choice obsession.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you….

Cajun Fire Crackers

  • 1 box of Saltine Crackers – (4 sleeves)
  • 1 1/3 cup of Canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (Optional. I leave it out.)
  • 1 Packet dry ranch Dressing mix
  • 1 gallon size zip top bag

    1. In the bag add all of the ingredients except for the crackers.
    2. Close up the bag and mix ingredients well by shaking the bag.
    3. Add all 4 sleeves of Saltine Crackers and close the bag.
    4. Turn the bag over several times to coat crackers with the oil mixture.
    5. Let the bag rest for at least an hour, turning the bag whenever you remember to do so. If you can wait til the next day to eat them, they are even better.
    6. When you are satisfied that the crackers have absorbed all of the spicy goodness, turn them out onto a cookie sheet or paper towel or something to dry out for a few minutes.
    7. Eat them. Try to remember to share. And don’t forget that the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. : )

    Somehow the crackers absorb the oil mixture and don’t get soggy. I swear it. And they are more delicious than they have any right to be. Warning: My whole family is getting some for Christmas. You’re welcome. Anyway, they take all of 5 minutes to make. No special tools are required, and you will not believe how tasty these things are. So if you are looking for something a little different to take to a holiday gathering, this is it. You won’t even have to wash a bowl!!

Point of clarification: I do not have, nor have I ever had, a drug addiction of any kind. I tore my Achilles and was put on some majorly addictive meds for the pain. So addictive that I had to be stepped down off of them after only two weeks of taking them in order to prevent withdrawals. Seems quitting cold turkey caused some nasty things to happen. All I know it that my ankle hurt like crazy and I had an insane migraine for basically three weeks straight. Apparently the FDA decided that they were seriously bad juju and removed them from the market in early 2001. They were scary, but they worked like magic. I didn’t know I could feel so good. Made me see how a person could easily become hooked on something without that being their intent.

Anyway, I just didn’t want you guys to think I had a problem.

I mean, I do, several in fact, but not with that.

Now the crackers on the other hand…



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7 responses to “ad⋅dic⋅tion

  1. alese

    You are hilarious! You are dead on about the crackers, let me rephrase . . . the “crack”ers.
    I am making some to take to an open house on Sunday!

  2. Heather

    You are “Addidicted to Love”…the lights are on…but you’re not home…HA!!!

    Why am I usually involved in these addictions?

    Man I crack myself up sometimes!!!

  3. Jen

    YUM! I wonder if you could do these with oyster crackers??

  4. Thank god you posted this recipe! Bryan ate half a bowl of them at Alese’s party and marveled at “the best saltines I’ve EVER had!”

  5. Those sound so yummy! And I’m totally addicted to ANYTHING with ranch dressing mix involved.

  6. Totally giving these out tomorrow. I bought tins for them and everything. Thanks for this — it almost makes me feel like a homemaker!

  7. alese

    These are becoming a staple at Castle Stroud. Everyone who tastes one instantly wants the whole box!!!

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