Cheddar Ranch Pork Rind Puffs

If you follow this blog at all you know that I’m a big fan of putting Kernel Season’s on just about every snack I make. Here are just a few of them:

Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Pieces
Cajun Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Barbecue Oyster Crackers

So, when I ran across this idea for making cheddar ranch pork rind puffs, I was all over it. Be careful, these crunchy bites are highly addicting. They’re almost like eating giant Cheetos, but with a little pork rind flavor and crunch. If you need more kick (heat), add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flake to the spice mixture before adding the pork rinds.

Cheddar Ranch Pork Rind Puffs

I can eat an amazing number of cheddar ranch pork rind puffs. They’re rather addicting.

Cheddar Ranch Pork Rind Puffs

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Combine cheddar seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and salt in a re-sealable container (or baggie) that is large enough to hold the pork rinds.
  • Add rinds to the seasoning. Seal and gently shake to coat well.
  • Spread the rinds out onto a baking pan.Bake for 5 minutes.

Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)

After making some highly-addicting oyster cracker snacks using Kernel Season’s nacho cheddar seasoning, and some even more addicting pretzel pieces, I decided I’d try to make a flavorful snack out of their cheesy jalapeno flavor.

Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)These chips would be great with pretty much any of the cheesy flavors of Kernel Season’s. I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle corn, Parmesan and Garlic, and Chocolate Marshmallow.

Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Spread as many chips as you like out on a baking sheet.
  • Spritz or lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Shake a little or a lot of the seasoning over the chips.
  • Bake until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Let cool and serve.

Kernel Season’s – Sour Cream and Onion (dip)

I knew the sour cream and onion flavor of Kernel Season’s was going to be great as soon as I opened the shaker bottle. I could smell the goodness. I have not been disappointed with any of the flavors from the 20 bottle variety pack I bought.

Kernel Season's - Sour Cream and Onion (dip)The seasonings came with a little recipe card (there are more recipes online). I figured I’d go with something simple and make The Kernel’s Zippy Dip, but use sour cream and onion instead of their ranch flavor. It was outstanding! Sooooo much better than any packet dressing or that stuff that comes in a can or jar.

I had a little dip leftover. I put it over grilled fingerling potatoes for great mini bakers!

I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle corn, Parmesan and Garlic, Chocolate Marshmallow, and Cheesy Jalapeno.

Kernel Seaon's - Sour Cream and Onion Dip

Quick and tasty dip!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kernel Season's

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Kernel Season’s Barbecue on Oyster Crackers

I’m addicted to putting Kernel Season’s barbecue flavoring on oyster crackers. They’re very easy to make, and very tasty. I love the crunch of oyster crackers, and they get even crunchier after being baked.

Kernel Season's Barbecue on Oyster CrackersThese barbecue oyster cracker always disappear fast, so make a huge batch. You are required to lick your fingers as you eat them.

I love ‘enhancing’ regular ole day-to-day snacks by just adding a bit of seasoning. Check out my Sriracha oyster crackers, Ranch oyster crackers, and spicy oyster crackers. They are all fantastic.

Kernel Season’s makes a lot of different flavors. I highly recommend picking up their sampler pack containing all 20 flavors.

Kernel Season's - Barbecue Oyster Crackers

Great easy snack that will disappear in minutes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kernel Season's

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place crackers into a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss to coast.
  • Add in the seasoning and toss some more.
  • Pour crackers out onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake 5-10 minutes or until toasted and crunchy. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

Kernel Season’s Ranch on Oyster Crackers

Kernel Season’s makes some might fine popcorn seasonings. Well, they aren’t just for popcorn actually, even though I usually find them at the local IMAX theatre or in the popcorn aisle at the grocery store. But, they have lots of flavors, and I highly recommend picking up their sampler pack containing all 20 flavors.

Kernel Season's Ranch on Oyster CrackersOne of my favorite things to make with Kernel Season’s are these super-easy oyster cracker snacks. They are loaded with flavor, and cheap to make too!

I love ‘enhancing’ regular ole day-to-day snacks by just adding a bit of seasoning. Check out my Sriracha oyster crackers, barbecue oyster crackers, and spicy oyster crackers. They are all fantastic.

Kernel Season's - Ranch Oyster Crackers

Great easy snack that will disappear in minutes!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kernel Season's

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place crackers into a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss to coast.
  • Add in the seasoning and toss some more.
  • Pour crackers out onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake 5-10 minutes or until toasted and crunchy. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

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Kernel Season’s – Kettle Corn (on popcorn)

I ordered a box of all 20 of Kernel Season’s flavors. I started with the bacon cheddar and nacho cheddar flavors. They tasted great and poured just like you’d want. No clumping… an important thing!

Next up was the kettle corn flavor. I think this flavor is best on fresh popped popcorn. But you could try it on your cereal or toast. The shaker also suggests using it in your tea. Now that’s a new one on me. I might have to try that!

Kernel Season's - Kettle Corn (on popcorn)This kettle corn flavor is just what you’d expect and want. It tastes EXACTLY like kettle corn. It’s light and not artificial tasting (like all of the Kernel Season’s varieties I’ve tried). Clean. And very good. I used my West Bend Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper to make the popcorn. It makes perfect popcorn, every time and it’s easy to clean.

I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle corn, Parmesan and Garlic, Chocolate Marshmallow, and Cheesy Jalapeno.

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Kernel Season’s – Parmesan and Garlic (on croutons)

Nothing beats good ole crunchy, tasty homemade croutons. I’m always happy when I have some old, stale bread on hand. It means it’s time to make croutons. And since I got my order of Kernel Season’s, I decided to use their Parmesan and Garlic flavoring on some French bread and sour dough croutons.

Sometimes I like to make cubed croutons…

Kernel Season's - Parmesan and Garlic (on croutons)
.. and sometimes I like mine torn …

Kernel Season's - Parmesan and Garlic (on croutons)Either way, they’re great! I give this flavor of Kernel Season’s a 5 across the board on the ‘Mater Rater! I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle cornChocolate Marshmallow, sour cream and onion, and Cheesy Jalapeno.

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Kernel Season's - Parmesan and Garlic Croutons

Easy homemade croutons.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Stale bread cubed or torn
  • Unsalted butter a stick usually is enough, depending on how much bread you have
  • Kernel Season's Parmesan and Garlic a few tablespoons, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Place bread in large bowl.
  • Melt butter. You'll have to guess how much you'll need, but I generally use a full stick for two baking sheets worth of croutons. Stir the seasoning into the butter. Start with two tablespoons, taste, and add more if you need. Pour over bread and toss to coat.
  • Spread bread out onto baking sheets and bake for about 5-10 minutes, checking often. Flip and continue baking until starting to brown and good and crispy.

 

Kernel Seasons – Chocolate Marshmallow (on pudding and toasted marshmallows)

I’m always thinking of other ways to use my Kernel Season’s spices. I have 20 different varieties. It’s like a bonanza of flavors. The chocolate marshmallow flavor is smooth and creamy with a hint of chocolate. It went great on French Vanilla pudding…

Kernel Seasons - Chocolate Marshmallow (on pudding and toasted marshmallows)… and sprinkled over toasted marshmallows!

Kernel Seasons - Chocolate Marshmallow (on pudding and toasted marshmallows)As always, Kernel Season’s pours well, tastes great, and just makes you happy! It rates very high on the ‘Mater Rater. I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle corn, Parmesan and Garlic, and Cheesy Jalapeno.

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Kernel Season’s – Bacon Cheddar (on pretzel pieces)

After making some highly-addicting oyster cracker snacks using Kernel Season’s nacho cheddar seasoning, I decided I’d try to make a flavorful snack out of their bacon cheddar flavor.Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Pieces

These bacon cheddar pretzel bites disappear in seconds. They’re very, very good.

Kernel Season's - Bacon Cheddar (on pretzel pieces)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place pretzel pieces into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with oil. Gentle toss to cover.
  • Sprinkle with seasoning and toss again.
  • Spread out on baking sheet. Bake 7-10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.
  • Let cool before serving (they'll get crunchier as they cool).

 

Kernel Season’s – Nacho Cheddar (on oyster crackers)

This is the second flavor of Kernel Season’s I’ve tried from my 20 pack. The first, bacon cheddar, was outstanding on freshly popped popcorn. This time I thought I’d try something a little different.

Kernel Season's - Nacho Cheddar (on oyster crackers)The recipe for these nacho cheddar easy snacks came from a little pamphlet that came in the box of Kernel Season’s. These crackers taste a hundred times better than that other little cheddar cracker you see in the store. They’re very, very good. And you don’t have to use nacho cheddar. Kernel Season’s sour cream and chive would be good. So would bacon cheddar. Heck, pizza. Or Cajun… The list goes on!

(We’ve now made these about 10 times and they always disappear fast! We keep some on hand in case someone stops by.)

Kernel Season's - Nacho Cheddar (on oyster crackers)

Outstandingly good snacks!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kernel Season's

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place crackers in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil. Mix well to coat.
  • Sprinkle seasoning over crackers and stir to coat completely.
  • Pour crackers out onto a baking sheet. Spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes or until toasted. Let cool slightly and enjoy!