Recipe: Two holiday favorites, Ranch Crackers & Sausage Balls

OKLAHOMA CITY- Looking for a quick gift, appetizer, or even a breakfast item for wound-up little ones? These variations on holiday classics are fast, easy and sure to please!

Smoky Ranch Oyster Crackers:
1 – 1oz package Ranch dressing mix
1/2 t dried dill weed
1/4 t lemon pepper
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 C vegetable oil
5 C (2 9-12oz bags) Oyster Crackers

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a mixing bowl, drizzle oil over crackers and toss to coat. In a small, separate bowl, toss together spices and dressing mix. Thoroughly and evenly toss into oil/cracker mixture. Spread on baking sheet in even layer and place in oven. Bake until golden (roughly 20 minutes) stirring after 10 minutes. Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container up to two weeks.

Holiday Sausage Balls
3 C baking mix (such as Bisquick or Jiffy)
1 lb bulk sausage
1 lb grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 T chopped, fresh rosemary
1/4 C chopped, fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until evenly combined. (I use gloves and my hands, but a mixer on low speed fitted with a paddle will work) Roll dough into Walnut sized balls and place on baking sheet.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until browned on bottom.
As an appetizer, serve hot with honey mustard. hot mustard or a spiced marmalade. For breakfast, white or sausage gravy is an excellent dipping sauce.
May be frozen and reheated, carefully at 225 degrees.

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