Taking the tangy buttermilk and herb flavor of ranch dressing and making it into a powder is an easy and fast way to transform plain cashews into a clever party snack. Just grind up dried chives and salt in a spice grinder until powdery. Then mix that with garlic, onion, and buttermilk powders and toss with roasted cashews. Try sprinkling some of the powder on other crunchy snacks too, like popcorn or homemade tortilla chips.
Special equipment: You’ll need a very clean coffee or spice grinder for this recipe.
What to buy: Buttermilk powder can be found in the baking aisle of any well-stocked grocery store.
Citric acid, also called sour or citric salt, is a natural preservative that adds sourness to food and soft drinks. Extracted from the juice of acidic fruits, it primarily comes in powder form and can be found in the baking or kosher aisle of any well-stocked grocery store. You can also leave it out of the recipe, but the ranch powder will lack that characteristic tang.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy DIY Flavored Nuts for March Madness.