Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

You can sit down and eat pretzel bites out of the bag and think, “Hey, these are pretty good”. Or with just a few more ingredients, you can sit down with a bowl of these Ranch sourdough pretzel bites and know that you’ve just had something truly incredible. Each bite has a hint of butter. A hint of herby Ranch dressing, and a really awesome citrusy pepper flavor that’s just barely there, but oh does it make a difference.
Ranch Sourdough Pretzel BitesI often make appetizers like these Ranch sourdough pretzel bites using just oil, or melted butter. I recently came across the idea of using popcorn oil, which of course combines both oil and butter. The flavor is more fantastic, and it doesn’t get any easier than just measuring the oil out of a bottle. I’ll definitely make all my snacks this way from here on.

I couldn’t find my lemon pepper seasoning (I am reminded that someday, maybe, I’ll arrange the spices in my pantry in alphabetical or at least some sensible order). I substituted lime pepper seasoning I have to say it was fantastic. The citrus flavor in either case isn’t going to scream out at it, it just adds that special something.

Also check out my balsamicpizza,and spicy garlic Ranch, deluxe cheddar and Buffalo Ranch sourdough pretzel bites! They are all out of this world good too!

Ranch Sourdough Pretzel Bites

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 pound

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag pretzel bites
  • 1/2 cup Orville Redenbacher popcorn oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix half of a packet
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning lime pepper is also fantastic!
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 F.
  • Place pretzel bites in large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil, Ranch dressing mix, lemon pepper, garlic powder and dill weed.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the pretzels and toss to coat well.
  • Pour pretzels bites out onto a large baking pan and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Buffalo Ranch Pretzel Bites

The reason I made such a big batch of these Buffalo Ranch pretzel bites isn’t because I needed a huge amount for a family get-together. Sure, I needed some, but not a ton. Nope, I made a big batch because I wanted more for myself. Sorry, but it’s true. I was being selfish, but for a good reason. I love them. Crunchy, and a bit buttery, they taste a bit like spicy Buffalo wings dipped in Ranch dressing.
Buffalo Ranch Pretzel Bites

You don’t have to use pretzels to make these Buffalo Ranch pretzel bites. If you prefer, any cracker will do, specially oyster crackers or saltines. Just don’t substitute something that is strongly flavored and might not go well with the Buffalo Ranch seasoning. That would make for a bowl of sadness.

Also check out my balsamicpizza,and spicy garlic Ranch and Ranch sourdough pretzel bites! They are all out of this world good too!

Buffalo Ranch Pretzel Bites

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 pound

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 F.
  • Place pretzel bites in large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil and seasoning.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the pretzels and toss to coat well.
  • Pour pretzels bites out onto a large baking pan and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Cheddar Pretzel Bites

The reason I made such a big batch of these cheddar pretzel bites isn’t because I needed a huge amount for a family get-together. Sure, I needed some, but not a ton. Nope, I made a big batch because I wanted more for myself. Sorry, but it’s true. I was being selfish, but for a good reason. I love them. Crunchy, a bit buttery, and definitely cheesy.
Cheddar Pretzel BitesYou don’t have to use pretzels to make these cheddar bites. If you prefer, any cracker will do, specially oyster crackers or saltines. Just don’t substitute something that is strongly flavored and might not go well with the cheddar. That would make for a bowl of sadness.

Also check out my balsamic, pizza,and spicy garlic ranch, and Buffalo Ranch pretzel bites! They are all out of this world good too!

Cheddar Pretzel Bites

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 pound
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200 F.
  • Place pretzel bites in large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil and cheddar seasoning.
  • Pour the oil mixture over the pretzels and toss to coat well.
  • Pour pretzels bites out onto a large baking pan and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Balsamic Pretzel Bites

My goodness. Putting a bowl of these balsamic pretzel bites in front of me requires me to exercise self-control like I’ve rarely been forced to do before. Balsamic pretzel bites are a totally different take on the usual salty, often cheesy, tasty morsels. The balsamic glaze takes about 20 minutes to make, but it’s so worth the effort. You want the glaze to be a bit thick, thick enough that it sticks to the back of a spoon. The tart sweetness of the balsamic vinegar works perfectly on pretzels.
Balsamic Pretzel BitesYou can use any glaze actually. You don’t have to use ‘just’ balsamic. I’m contemplating trying some of the same glazes I use even on the grill, such as peach mango habanero, or sweet and spicy apricot. It often pays to think outside the box!

Balsamic Pretzel Bites

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pretzel bites
  • Balsamic glaze divided, from below
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

For the balsamic glaze

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Place the pretzels in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle 3 tablespoons of balsamic glaze over the pretzels.
  • Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the cheese and seasoning and toss to coat.
  • Serve drizzled with remaining glaze and sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

For the balsamic glaze

  • Combine vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk until the brown sugar dissolves.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before using.