These were named after my friend Kat who introduced us to these. You have to try these, they are always a hit when I make them. My kids beg me to make more!
1 1/2 Cups Light Olive Oil (or canola or vegetable)
1 Pkg Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
2-3 Tbsp Dry Crushed Red Peppers (use more or less depending on how hot you like them)
1 Box Saltine Crackers
In a large mixing bowl, mix in first 3 ingredients. Add one sleeve crackers. With bare hands carefully mix them up in the liquid quickly. Remove crackers and place in another empty bowl. Repeat this for all 4 sleeves of crackers. Once they have been all mixed in the liquid put them all back into the original bowl. Scrape out the empty bowl into the other one. Put in a gallon plastic bag to store. These will last up to 2 weeks.
Place cold eggs in saucepan, cover with cold water. Bring to boil then time 11 minutes of boiling. Cool with cold water and peel the eggs.
Meanwhile heat the beets and the beet juice. In a plastic storage container place the eggs and cover with the beets and juice.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.
use dark chocolate pudding to fill puffballs then sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.
2. Whipped Cream and Berries
cut up any kind of berries you like and mix into whipped cream. You can add a tiny amount of sugar if you like.
3. Broccoli Cheese Spread
Cut the florets off of the stem and put in food processor. Or you can use a knife. You want them chopped very small. 1 – 12 ounce of cream cheese and 3 Tbsp ranch dressing. Mix it up together. This is a great filling for puffballs and also a spread for crackers.
Heat butter and water to boiling point. Mix in flour all at once stirring constantly until it leaves the sides of the pan in a ball. Remove from stove. Cool 5 minutes. This is very important or you will have scrambled eggs! Beat in eggs one at a time until smooth. It takes some time just keep mixing! Whip until velvety.
Drop level teaspoon-fulls onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 425 for 15 min.
The best part about these puff balls is you can be very creative with what you decide to put inside. Slice them in half when cool and fill.
Examples – egg salad, chicken salad, crab salad, cream cheese and olives, Check out my Chicken Cheese Spread recipe that’s good in there too. I’ve even put chocolate pudding inside and sprinkled with confectioners sugar!
I was contacted by Okeechobee The Magazine to do a video and article for their spring issue. We settled on our most popular post which is Puff Balls. This video will show you step by step directions on how easy these really are to make. You will be a hit at the next party you make them for!