Easy Breakfast Sausage Hand Pies

Easy Breakfast Sausage Hand Pies

These Easy Breakfast Sausage Hand Pies sprinkled with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning is a two-bite mouthful of delicious comfort. Loaded with a savory, spicy sausage patty and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. Hugged with crispy, flaky ready to use pie crust then topped off with everyone’s favorite seasoning…Everything But the Bagel. Only one word fits… simply fantastic!

over head of savory sausage hand pies with everything but the bagel seasoning

Not only are these delicious little mini treats good for breakfast, they’re also a big hit as a party appetizer, after school snack, or make a great grab and go lunch. Dunk these cuties into this Jalapeno-Ranch Dressing or barbecue-mustard sauce and you’ve got a winner in your hands!

WHAT’S IN THESE SAVORY HAND PIES?

  • pork sausage patties – I used hot😉
  • Pillsbury Pie Crust…the raw tube kind
  • slice of sharp cheddar cheese – a little smaller than the sausage patty
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 beaten egg
mini sausage rolls ingredients with labels

HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE HAND PIES

These minis are so easy! 20 minutes assembly and 25 for cooking… and wah-la, you’re done!

  • STEP ONE – Remove pie crust from packaging and let sit for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • STEP TWO – Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until brown and not pink in the center. Drain on paper towels. (non-stick skillet preferred)
  • STEP THREE – Roll out cold pie crust and cut with a biscuit cutter starting from the outer perimeter of the circle. You should be able to get about to get 14 or 15 circles.
cooked sausage draining on paper towels with pie crust, beaten egg and everything but the bagel seasoning
  • STEP FOUR – Lay sausage patty in the center of one dough disk, place the cheese on top of the patty, lay another dough disk on top of the cheese. Pinch top and bottom disks together at the seam with your hands or a fork.
  • STEP FIVE – Brush the tops with egg wash. (optional step)
  • STEP SIX – Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with spray oil.
  • STEP SEVEN – Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on top of the rolls.
  • STEP EIGHT – Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce like barbecue or Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. Enjoy!!!
instruction collage on how to assemble the sausage hand pies

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Meat Substitutes

Of course, you don’t have to use pork sausage. You can use a chicken sausage patty instead of full fat pork.

If meat isn’t your thing try the Beyond Meat, meatless products that taste almost like meat but aren’t…you know the fake stuff? Actually, what I have tried in the meatless meat department is pretty darn good!

A double cheese hand pie would be delicious. Use two kinds of cheeses for an extra bit of yum…Jalapeno Cheddar…Cheddar…Mozzerella…Jack…Colby Jack…I’m definitely making these with cheese next time, LOL!

close up of cut everything sausage hand pies

CRUST SUBSTITUTIONS

The crust substitutions are endless and more than likely you already have a few on hand if your out of pie crust.

Reduced fat cresent rolls, biscuits, tortillas (cut into forths), crustless bread (rolled flat), 2 ingredients Weight Watcher Dough, puff pastry, phyllo dough…so many options!

HELPFUL RECIPE TIPS

Can these be made ahead?

Yes, they sure can. Follow Steps 1 through 5 then freeze on a flat sheet for about 45 minutes. Transfer to a ziplock freezer bag and store for not more than 2 months. Unthaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature then sprinkle with Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Spray tops with spray oil and then cook as directed above.

Do these keep well in the refridgerator?

Yes! They keep very well up to about a week. Perfect for “on the go” little hand snacks! To warm up, microwave for about 30 seconds or Air Fry for about 2 minutes on 370.

close up of mini sausage biscuit hand pie

KITCHEN ITEMS FOR SAUSAGE HAND PIES

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Easy Sausage Hand Pies – Everything But the Bagel

Savory Sausage Hand Pies with Everything But the Bagel seasoning are made with flaky,crispy pie crust and savory breakfast sausage and sharp cheddar cheese.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, cheese, everything but the bagel seasoning, hand pie, pie crust, sausage, savory hand pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 200kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 8 slice breakfast sausage ground
  • 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • 8 slice sharp cheddar cheese or any semi hard cheese
  • 1 beaten egg brush on tops
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – generous sprinkles

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – Remove the wrapping and let pie crust and let sit for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • STEP TWO – Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat unitl brown and not pink in the center. Drain on paper towels. (non-stick skillet preferred)
  • STEP THREE – Roll out cold pie crust and cut with a biscuit cutter starting from the outer perimeter of the circle. You should be about to get 12 or 13 circles.
  • STEP FOUR – Lay cooked sausage patty in the center of dough disk, place cheese slice on top , and then lay another dough disk on top of the cheese. Pinch dough together with hands or a fork.
  • STEP FIVE – Brush the tops with egg wash. (optional step)
  • STEP SIX – Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with spray oil.
  • STEP SEVEN – Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on top of the rolls.
  • STEP EIGHT – Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce like barbecue or Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. Enjoy!!!
Easy Mini Homemade Sausage Rolls

Easy Mini Homemade Sausage Rolls

These healthier “Homemade” Mini Sausage Rolls with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning sprinkled on are flaky, savory, little nuggets of breakfast comfort. They are a lighter calorie, lower carb load than the normal 1000 calorie Donut Shop mega roll. Serve this Weight Watcher friendly mini sausage roll with some breakfast eggs and fruit for a great start to the day.

Chicken Link Sausage rolled up in pie crust with laughing cow cheese inside and everything but the bagel seasoning

Not only are these delicious little mini treats good for breakfast, they’re also a hit as a pre-game warmup. Dunk these cuties into this Jalapeno-Ranch Dressing or barbecue-mustard sauce and you’ve got a team win!

Mini Sausage Rolls are perfect for grab and go after school kid snacks too! They are easy to heat up and grab on the way out the door!

WHAT’S IN THESE MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS?

  • Chicken Breakfast Sausage…I used Applegate Farms – 1 pt, 1 carb each
  • Pillsbury Pie Crust…the raw tube kind – 1.5 pt for 1/16th
  • Spreadable Cheese…Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge – .5 pt for 1/2 wedge
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 beaten egg – 0 pts
mini sausage rolls ingredients with labels

HOW DO YOU MAKE MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS?

These minis are so easy! 20 minutes assembly and 25 for cooking… and your wahla, you’re done!

  • STEP ONE – Roll out refrigerated pie crust and let sit for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • STEP TWO – Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until brown and not pink in the center. Drain on paper towels. (non-stick skillet preferred)
  • STEP THREE – Roll out cold pie crust and cut with a biscuit cutter starting from the outer perimeter of the circle. You should be about to get 12 or 13 circles.
cooked sausage draining on paper towels with pie crust, beaten egg and everything but the bagel seasoning
  • STEP FOUR – Spread half of the cheese wedge on the dough surface. Lay sausage link in the center and roll-up. Pinch dough together at the seam.
  • STEP FIVE – Brush the tops with egg wash. (optional step)
  • STEP SIX – Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with spray oil.
  • STEP SEVEN – Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on top of the rolls.
  • STEP EIGHT – Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce like barbecue or Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. Enjoy!!!
step 1 pie crust cut outs,link sausage, and cheese-step 2 rolled up uncooked mini rolls

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Meat Substitutes

Of course, you don’t have to use chicken sausage…any kind of pork sausage. Breakfast sausage or little smokies…anything meat and cylinder will do.

If meat isn’t your thing try the Beyond Meat, meatless products that taste almost like meat but aren’t…you know the fake stuff? Actually, what I have tried in the meatless meat department is pretty darn good!

A cold stick of your favorite cheese would be delicious. Jalapeno Cheddar…Cheddar…Mozzerella…Jack…Colby Jack…I’m definately making these with cheese next time, LOL!

cooked mini sausage rolls with everything but the bagel seasoning on  top on  a white plate

CRUST SUBSTITUTIONS

The crust substitutions are endless and more than likely you already have a few on hand if your out of pie crust.

Reduced fat cresent rolls, biscuits, tortillas (cut into forths), crustless bread (rolled flat), 2 ingredients Weight Watcher Dough, puff pastry, phyllo dough…so many options!

HELPFUL RECIPE TIPS

Can these be made ahead?

Yes, they sure can. Follow Steps 1 through 5 then freeze on a flat sheet for about 45 minutes. Transfer to a ziplock freezer bag and store for not more than 2 months. Unthaw for about 30 minutes at room temperature then sprinkle with Everything But the Bagel seasoning. Spray tops with spray oil and then cook as directed above.

Do these keep well in the refridgerator?

Yes! They keep very well up to about a week. Perfect for “on the go” little hand snacks! To warm up, microwave for about 30 seconds or Air Fry them for about 2 minutes on 370.

close up side view of cooked mini sausage rolls on a white plate

KITCHEN ITEMS FOR MINI SAUSAGE ROLLS

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Easy Mini Sausage Rolls – Everything But the Bagel

Mini Sausage Rolls with Everything But the Bagel seasoning, flaky, savory, crust and chicken sausage with a lighter calorie, carb count.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword everything but the bagel seasoning, laughing cow cheese, low calories, pie crust, sausage, sausage roll, weight watchers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Calories
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Breakfast Sausage…I used Applegate Farms
  • 1 Pilsbury Pie Crust
  • 1/2 wedge Spreadable Cheese…Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge
  • 1 beaten egg brush on tops
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – generous sprinkles

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – Roll out refridgerated pie crust and let sit for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • STEP TWO – Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat unitl brown and not pink in the center. Drain on paper towels. (non-stick skillet preferred)
  • STEP THREE – Roll out cold pie crust and cut with a biscuit cutter starting from the outer perimeter of the circle. You should be about to get 12 or 13 circles.
  • STEP FOUR – Spread half of the cheese wedge on the dough surface. Lay sausage link in the center and roll-up. Pinch dough together at the seam.
  • STEP FIVE – Brush the tops with egg wash. (optional step)
  • STEP SIX – Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with spray oil.
  • STEP SEVEN – Sprinkle Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on top of the rolls.
  • STEP EIGHT – Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce like barbecue or Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. Enjoy!!!
Best Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix Recipe

Best Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix Recipe

Homemade Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix is truly a special treat in our house…especially around the holidays. Slow-roasted, savory, Curry spice mixed up with a buttery combination of Worcestershire Sauce, cumin, garlic, and onion powder makes this mix a different, divine beautiful snack.

Oh, and did I say Cheese Puffs…yes, Cheese Puffs! Need I say more?

curry chex mix with seseme sticks and goldfish in a white bowl

CURRY CHEESE PUFF CHEX MIX GETS 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Homemade Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix is one of those rare snacks that 99% of my people love. There is something so comforting in a big handfull of perfectly seasoned pretzels, chex cereal, and those cheese puffs. I need to make this party mix with just puffs, goldfish, and pretzels…LOL!

Traditional Chex Mix is usually made with Chili Powder. Although I love Chili Powder, using curry powder elevates this snack mix to a whole nother level! There is just something about a savory, earthy, hot, nutty curry snack that is just wonderful!

This yummy stuff is not only loved by all but it is really easy to make, super easy to store, and will last, if stored properly, for at least a month with out getting stale.

Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix in 3 different serving dishes on a blue towel

THE BEST CHEX MIX INGREDIENTS

Dry Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CURRY CHEESE PUFF CHEX MIX

Instructions

  • STEP ONE: Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl or roasting pan. Mix up gently.
  • STEP TWO: Over low heat melt the butter…be careful not to burn. Add the seasonings…Worchestershire, curry, onion, garlic, cumin powder, and hot sauce to taste.
  • STEP THREE: Pour over the dry snack mix and stir preferably with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix until everything is evenly coated….this will take about 15 minutes of constant gentle stirring.
  • STEP FOUR: Heat oven to 215°. Place coated mix on large baking sheets (this will probably take 2) or use a large roasting pan with at least 2″ sides. Make sure the mix is spread out evenly and not deep.
  • STEP FIVE: Stir every 15 minutes for an hour or until crispy and yummy.
  • STEP SIX: Cool on cut-up brown paper sacks, newspaper, or paper towels until cool.
  • STEP SEVEN: Store in large plastic bags or plastic tubs. Enjoy!!!

OPTIONAL CRUNCHY INGREDIENTS

Just browse throught the snack isles and you can come up with your own version of this special treat. A few items I’ve included over the years are below👇

  • garlic rye crisps
  • goldfish
  • fritos
  • wheat chex
  • oyster crackers
  • pecans
  • cheez its
  • cashews
  • bagel chips
goldfish, cheese puffs, sesame sticks, pretzels, chex cereal with curry butter sauce

CURRY CHEESE PUFF CHEX MIX RECIPE ITEMS

ALTERNATIVE CHEX MIX BAKING METHODS

While oven roasted Chex Mix is the preferred method with…in my opinion…the most delicious outcome, you can also make this vintage snack mix in the Crockpot or the Air Fryer!

While the Crockpot might seem like it would be the easiest, hands free method, the truth is it takes more time (2 hours at the least on low) and you still have to stir it. Plus, in my opinion, it’s not as toasty. The enclosed area is much smaller than an oven and it tends to “steam” the mix.

The Air Fryer Method is a really good alternative method to oven roasting especially if you want to make an individual portion. I filled the Air Fryer basket half way up with the Chex Mix mix, set the fryer on 300 degrees for 10 minutes. In 2 minutes intervals, I pulled the basket out and shook it…then resumed cooking. It was super yummy and a lot less clean up!

closeup side view of curry cheese puff chex mix in a white bowl

HELPFUL KITCHEN ITEMS

curry cheese puff chex mix with goldfish in a white bowl on a blue and white striped towel

KITCHEN TIPS FOR CHEX MIX

Chex Mix is one of those tasty treats that never comes out the exact same and is so easily personalized to fit your taste buds.

The recipe is very straight forward and extremely simple to double.

If you like a little more garlic flavor…like my husband does… add more garlic powder. You could add more in the butter sauce or sprinkle on when it is still hot out of the oven.

If you really like it hot and spicy; try adding 1 tablespoon of Chili Powder and 1 tablespoon of Jalapeno Powder…Yum!

You can make this mix weeks ahead and store in sealed plastic bags or containers…it’s really much better if you allow the flavors to “meld” over a week or two.

If giving this for holiday gifts be sure to make enough for everyone to have their own can of this glorious stuff!

overhead picture of curry cheese puff chex mix in a white bowl

Curry Cheese Puff Chex Mix

Elise
Crunchy, spicy, savory Chex Mix with white cheddar puffs, goldfish, sesame stixs, pretzels, nuts, and chex cereal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 120 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups Cheese Puffs (cheese curls, cheetos) I used White Cheddar Cheese Puffs
  • 2 cups thin pretzels
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1 cup Pepperidge Farms Parmesan Flavor
  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 cup Sesame Stix
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1.5 cup dry roasted peanuts more or less to taste

Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Curry powder more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp hot sauce more or less to taste
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder more or less to taste
  • 1 stick butter (8 tbsp)

Instructions
 

  • Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl or roasting pan. Mix up gently.
  • Over low heat melt the butter…be careful not to burn. Add the seasonings…Worchestershire, curry, onion, garlic, cumin powder, and hot sauce to taste.
  • Pour over the dry snack mix and stir preferable with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix until everything is evenly coated….this will take about 15 minutes of constant gentle stirring.
  • Heat oven to 215°. Place coated mix on large baking sheets (this will probably take 2) or use a large roasting pan with at least 2" sides. Make sure the mix is spread out evenly and not deep.
  • Stir every 15 minutes for an hour or until crispy and yummy.
  • Cool on cut up brown paper sacks, newspaper, or paper towels until cool.
  • Store in large plastic bags or plastic tubs. Enjoy!!!

Notes

Extra Notes: Make weeks ahead of the holidays and give this as a delicious gift.
 
Keyword cereal, cheetos, chex, curry, goldfish, savory, sesame stixs, spicy

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The Best Homemade Spicy Chex Mix

Best Homemade Chex Mix Recipe

Best Homemade Chex Mix Recipe

This homemade Chex Mix recipe is a tried and true, slow-roasted, savory, spicy, crunchy, buttery combination of ordinary but different everyday nibbles. What sets this recipe apart from all the other thousands of Chex Mix recipes is the perfect blend of butter, spices, and Cheese Puffs…yes Cheese Puffs…need I say more?

overhead homemade chex mix recipe with Cheetos in a white bowl

The original recipe for this special Chex mix has been in my husband’s family for as long as he can remember. He has very special memories of his sweet mom Mildred making it every Christmas. When she passed his big sister took over and has diligently carried on the tradition following the original recipe to the peanut (LOL)!

side view of homemade chex mix with cheetos

Long story short…she never makes enough for my family of four, her family, her grandkids, and friends to adequately satisfy everyone’s Chex mix cravings…she would have to start in June to accomplish that! So I had to start making it!

Of course, as always, I never follow a recipe exactly…gotta put my spin on things…so here’s my take on Mildred’s Chex Mix.

homemade chex mix ingredients with labels

THE BEST CHEX MIX INGREDIENTS

Dry Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients

unbaked chex mix overhead on baking sheets

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHEX MIX

Instructions

  • STEP ONE: Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl or roasting pan. Mix up gently.
  • STEP TWO: Over low heat melt the butter…be careful not to burn. Add the seasonings…Worchestershire, chili, onion, garlic, cumin powder, and hot sauce to taste.
  • STEP THREE: Pour over the dry snack mix and stir preferably with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix until everything is evenly coated….this will take about 15 minutes of constant gentle stirring.
  • STEP FOUR: Heat oven to 215°. Place coated mix on large baking sheets (this will probably take 2) or use a large roasting pan with at least 2″ sides. Make sure the mix is spread out evenly and not deep.
  • STEP FIVE: Stir every 15 minutes for an hour or until crispy and yummy.
  • STEP SIX: Cool on cut-up brown paper sacks, newspaper, or paper towels until cool.
  • STEP SEVEN: Store in large plastic bags or plastic tubs. Enjoy!!!
step one and two of baking homemade chex mix
steps 3 and 4 of baking homemade chex mix

OPTIONAL CRUNCHY INGREDIENTS

Just browse throught the snack isles and you can come up with your own version of this special treat. A few items I’ve included over the years are below👇

  • garlic rye crisps
  • goldfish
  • fritos
  • wheat chex
  • oyster crackers
  • pecans
  • cheez its
  • cashews
  • bagel chips
chex mix with cheetos in 3 sizes of serving bowls

CHEESE PUFF CHEX MIX RECIPE ITEMS

ALTERNATIVE CHEX MIX BAKING METHODS

While oven roasted Chex Mix is the prefered method with…in my opinion…the most delicious outcome, you can also make this vintage snack mix in the Crockpot or the Air Fryer!

While the Crockpot might seem like it would be the easiest, hands free method, the truth is it takes more time (2 hours at the least on low) and you still have to stir it. Plus, in my opinion, it’s not as toasty. The enclosed area is much smaller than an oven and it tends to “steam” the mix.

The Air Fryer Method is a really good alternative method to oven roasting especially if you want to make an individual portion. I filled the Air Fryer basket half way up with the Chex Mix mix, set the fryer on 300 degrees for 10 minutes. In 2 minutes intervals, I pulled the basket out and shook it…then resumed cooking. It was super yummy and a lot less clean up!

HELPFUL KITCHEN ITEMS

close up of homemade chex mix in a white bowl with cheetos

KITCHEN TIPS FOR CHEX MIX

Chex Mix is one of those tasty treats that never comes out the exact same and is so easily personalized to fit your taste buds.

The recipe is very straight forward and extremely simple to double.

If you like a little more garlic flavor…like my husband does… replace one of the chili powder tablespoons for garlic powder.

Use 1 tablespoon of Chiplote Chili Powder in place of regular Chili Powder for a different spice taste. If you really like it hot then try substituting 1 or 2 tablespoons of Chili Powder with Jalapeno Powder…Yum!

You can make this mix weeks ahead and store in sealed plastic bags or containers…it’s really much better if you allow the flavors to “meld” over a week or two.

Give this cherished family Chex Mix as friend and family gifts around the holidays. Everyone needs their own can of this glorious stuff!

Spicy Chex Mix

Crunchy, spicy, savory Chex Mix with Cheetos, mini saltines, pretzels, nuts, and chex cereal.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cereal, cheetos, chex, savory, spicy
Servings 12
Calories 120kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Cheese Puffs (cheese curls, cheetos) I mixed Cheese Puffs & White Cheddar Cheese Puffs
  • 2 cups thin pretzels
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 1 cup mini saltines (or oyster crackers)
  • 2 cups Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1.5 cup dry roasted peanuts more or less to taste

Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp chili powder more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp hot sauce more or less to taste
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder more or less to taste
  • 1 stick butter (8 tbsp)

Instructions

  • Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl or roasting pan. Mix up gently.
  • Over low heat melt the butter…be careful not to burn. Add the seasonings…Worchestershire, chili, onion, garlic, cumin powder, and hot sauce to taste.
  • Pour over the dry snack mix and stir preferable with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Mix until everything is evenly coated….this will take about 15 minutes of constant gentle stirring.
  • Heat oven to 215°. Place coated mix on large baking sheets (this will probably take 2) or use a large roasting pan with at least 2" sides. Make sure the mix is spread out evenly and not deep.
  • Stir every 15 minutes for an hour or until crispy and yummy.
  • Cool on cut up brown paper sacks, newspaper, or paper towels until cool.
  • Store in large plastic bags or plastic tubs. Enjoy!!!

Notes

Extra Notes: Make weeks ahead of the holidays and give this as a delicious gift.
 

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Simple Italian Dill Snacks

Simple Italian Dill Snacks

These simple Italian Dill Snack Crackers are delicious, spicy, crunchy, anytime little nibbles ideal for power snackers. Anytime goldfish, oyster crackers, fresh dill, and Italian flavors are mixed together you get a delicious flavor explosion. Everyone needs a little savory, crunchy, golden comfort goodness, especially around the holidays.

overhead picture of golden italian garlic dill snack crackers

SNACKING OPTIONS

Options are endless with these snack bites. Enjoy these Italian Dill Snack Crackers as a salad topper instead of croutons, top them with your favorite soup, or substitute for super calorie-laden nuts and popcorn.

Include them in your holiday gift baskets, game-time snacks, lunch box goodies, party nibbles. Make this beautiful, comforting, savory, easy-do snack for any occasion, any time of the year!

MORE SNACK GOODIES

I don’t know about you but my family members are big snackers, especially around the holidays. I try to have a few different, budget-friendly, savory snacks on hand when everyone’s home. Below are easy-do ahead recipes my people love.

italian pretzels from simple zesty mini pretzel recipe

There are so many flavor options for these semi-homemade snacks. You can use Everything but the Bagel seasoning instead of packaged Italian Dressing. These Simple Spicy Everything Mini Saltine Crackers are so yummy!!

Make these “Mexican” by using Spicy Ranch Dressing and adding cheddar crackers to the mix. Easy Fiesta Cheddar Snack Crackers

Instead of using Oyster Crackers and Goldfish try pretzels!! I used salt-free pretzels in this recipe, Simple Zesty Mini Pretzels. Gluten-free pretzels would be a great option as well…personally…I can’t tell a difference between gluten-free and regular.

snack cracker ingredients with labels

EASY BUDGET FRIENDLY INGREDIENTS

  • oyster crackers
  • Parmesan Goldfish Crackers
  • prepared dry Italian Dressing seasonings
  • red chili pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • fresh dill or dried (Note: if using dried dill, use about 1/2 the amount and sprinkle on after cooking)
  • olive oil (you can also use vegetable or canola oil)

QUICK HOW TO STEPS

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings, fresh dill, and olive oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place oyster crackers and goldfish in a big bowl, mix up. Pour oil-seasoning mix over crackers, gently stir thoroughly (about 10 minutes) until crackers are evenly covered.
collage step 1 & 2 of mixing the italian snack crackers
  • STEP THREE – place oil-cracker mix in a gallon size zip lock bag or large container with a lid that seals
  • STEP FOUR – let “marinate” for a couple of hours, flipping the sack every 20-30 mins or so
nmarinated italian garlic dill snack crackers in a gallon ziplock bag
  • STEP FIVE – preheat oven to 215 degrees
  • STEP SIX – place mixture on a large cookie sheet, roasting pan, or a deep cast iron skillet
  • STEP SEVEN – cook for about an hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – let them cool and then serve or store them in plastic bags or covered container. Enjoy!!!
cooked italian garlic dill snack crackers in a cast iron skillet

CRACKER SUBSTITUTES

If you’re not into mini crackers you could also use:

  • pretzels
  • regular size saltine crackers, 4 sleeves fit perfectly in the gallon ziplock bag
  • mixed nuts
  • mini wheat crackers
  • chickpeas…these two recipes are super good Airfryer or oven methods…Crunchy Curry Chickpeas and Spicy Jalapeno Chickpeas
  • gluten-free crackers or pretzels
side view close up of golden goldfish and oyster crackers

HELPFUL HINTS

Instead of baking and stirring for an hour…let them set in the ziplock bag overnight. You will need to turn the bag over about every hour or so to ensure the least amount of oil sediment. You could also do smaller portions in the Air Fryer…they’re really great this way!

You can easily skip mixing these mini crackers in a bowl and go directly to the plastic ziplock gallon bag step.

Store these Italian Dill Snack Crackers in an airtight container for weeks. In my opinion, the longer they set the better they taste. But remember to gently shake the storage container before serving. (Note: Snip a little more dill on after cooking)

close up overhead of golden italian oyster goldfish crackers with extra dill

MORE DELICIOUS APPETIZERS

The appetizers listed below are easy and fast to put together and super yummy, budget-friendly, hardier goodies perfect for smaller gatherings!!

Spicy Rotel Queso Dip with Sausage…my family’s handsdown favorite!

Spicy “Krab” wontons with Sweet Mustard Sauce…easy baked goodness!

Easy Do Everything Pinwheels with Lox…low carb and yummy!

Homemade Tomato Brushetta…easy, yummy, low carb, and healthy!

Mexirolls…Weight Watcher friendly and perfect for the Airfryer!

HELPFUL KITCHEN GADGETS👇👇

Italian Garlic Dill Oyster Crackers

These simple Italian Garlic Dill Snack Crackers are delicious, spicy, crunchy, anytime little nibbles ideal for power snackers. Toasty golden and full of savory flavor…easy and fast to throw together.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword barbecue, budget friendly, holidays, snacks, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 100kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 1 bag oyster crackers
  • 1 bag parmesan Goldfish
  • 1 pack dry mix Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh snipped dill or dried (2 tbsp) (Note: if using dried dill, use about 2 tbsp and sprinkle on after cooking)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings, fresh dill, and olive oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place oyster crackers and goldfish in a big bowl, mix up. Pour oil-seasoning mix over crackers, gently stir thoroughly (about 10 minutes) until crackers are evenly covered.
  • STEP THREE – place oil-cracker mix in a gallon size zip lock bag or large container with a lid that seals
  • STEP FOUR – let "marinade" for a couple of hours, flipping the sack every 20-30 mins or so
  • STEP FIVE – preheat oven to 215 degrees
  • STEP SIX – place mixture on a large cookie sheet, roasting pan, or a deep cast iron skillet
  • STEP SEVEN – cook for about an hour stirring every 15 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – let them cool and then serve or store them in plastic bags or covered container. Enjoy!!!

Notes

Instead of baking and stirring for an hour…let them set in the ziplock bag overnight. You will need to turn the bag over about every hour or so to ensure the least amount of oil sediment. You could also do smaller portions in the Air Fryer…they’re really great this way!
You can easily skip mixing these mini crackers in a bowl and go directly to the plastic ziplock gallon bag step.
Store these goodies in an airtight container for weeks. In my opinion, the longer they set the better they taste. But remember to gently shake the storage container before serving.
Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels are seriously delicious. These addictive, crunchy little nibbles are full of subtle, zesty Italian flavor with a little hint of spicy zing.

Make a big batch of these yummy Italian Pretzels and serve them like popcorn. Make them the spicy part of your gift baskets at holiday time, or hide them in the pantry and have them all to yourself.

overhead zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels in a silver serving bowl with feisty cheddar mini crackers

PRETZEL SNACK SERVING OPTIONS

This seasoned pretzel recipe is a fast, easy do-ahead snack that can take the place of croutons for soups and salads. Try mixing with other easy, do-ahead snacks like these Simple Everything Snack Crackers or Spicy Feisty Cheddar Snacks.

Always have these on hand around holiday time for last-minute snacking joy or include them in friend’s holiday gifts.

ingredients for Italian zesy mini pretzels with labels

EASY BUDGET FRIENDLY INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz unsalted mini pretzels
  • Italian Salad Dressing Mix, 2 packages
  • red chili pepper flakes
  • garlic powder
  • dried oregano
  • canola, vegetable, or olive oil
mixing instructions pictures for zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels

QUICK HOW TO STEPS

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings and oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place pretzels in a mixing bowl and pour mixed seasonings over pretzels, gently stir
  • STEP THREE – transfer pretzels to a gallon-sized plastic bag and gently turn/flip every hour or so
marinated mini pretzels in a zip lock bag
  • STEP FOUR – “marinate” the Italian pretzels overnight
  • STEP SIX – after “marinate” time is over, place on a sheet pan with a cut-up brown paper bag liner
  • STEP SEVEN – “airdry” mini pretzels for at least an hour, if paper is oil saturated then replace with other half of the bag
  • STEP EIGHT – Cook for 30 minutes at 275° gently stirring crackers after 10 minutes and then again at 20 minutes – ENJOY!!

MINI PRETZEL VARIATIONS

There are so many delicious spice variations that would be fun to try. Below are a few on my list:

overhead close up picture of spicy everything snack crackers

PRETZEL SUBSTITUTES

If you’re not into mini pretzels you could also use:

  • regular size saltine crackers, 4 sleeves fit perfectly in the gallon ziplock bag
  • oyster crackers
  • mini wheat crackers
  • chickpeas…these two recipes are super good Airfryer or oven methods…Crunchy Curry Chickpeas and Spicy Jalapeno Chickpeas
  • gluten-free crackers or pretzels

HELPFUL HINTS & GADGETS

Instead of baking, try air frying for a couple of minutes. All Air Fryers are different but I found 250-275 degrees for about 4 minutes was the perfect setting for an individual serving.

You can easily skip mixing these pretzels in a bowl and go directly to the plastic zip-lock gallon bag step.

Store these savory goodies in an airtight container. Before serving, gently shake the storage container before serving.

overhead zesty Italian seasoned mini pretzels in a white bowl on a blue towel

MORE DELICIOUS APPETIZERS

The appetizers listed below are easy and fast to put together and super yummy, budget-friendly, and perfect for smaller gatherings!!

Spicy “Krab” wontons with Sweet Mustard Sauce…easy baked goodness!

Easy Do Everything Pinwheels with Lox…low carb and yummy!

Homemade Tomato Brushetta…easy, yummy, low carb, and healthy!

Mexirolls…Weight Watcher friendly and perfect for the Airfryer!

Simple Zesty Italian Mini Pretzels

Simple Zesty Italian Spiced Pretzels are seriously delicious. These addictive, crunchy little nibbles are full of subtle, zesty Italian flavor with a little hint of spicy zing. Great for holiday gift bags and endless snacking!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, budget friendly, holidays, snacks, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 100kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 1 bag unsalted mini pretzels 12 oz bag
  • 2 packages Italian Salad Dressing Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, vegetable, or olive oil

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – mix seasonings and oil together, make sure all the seasonings are mixed and not clumpy
  • STEP TWO – place pretzels in a bowl and pour oil-seasoning over pretzels, gently stir until pretzels are evenly covered
  • STEP THREE – place pretzel/oil mixture in a gallon size zip lock bag, gently shake and flip every hour or so
  • STEP FIVE – "marinate" pretzels for at least 6 hours or overnight
  • STEP SIX – place on a sheet pan with brown paper bag sheet, let "airdry" for about 30 minutes
  • STEP SEVEN – replace brown paper liner if it becomes to oil saturated, cook for 30 minutes at 275° gently stirring crackers after 10 minutes and then again at 20 minutes.
  • STEP EIGHT – cool for about 10 minutes, serve them up and ENJOY!

Notes

Instead of baking them in the oven try using your Air Fryer for a single-serve portion!!! Fill the bottom of the basket with the feisty crackers and “air fry” for 3-4 minutes at 275-300 degrees. So Good!!