Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pioneer Woman's Homemade Chex Party Mix

If there is a downfall for me in regards to chips/snacks, it'd be a severe competition between Chex Mix, Cheese-Its (especially this recipe!), and Cheetos. I can eat the entire bag in one sitting. I just love the cheesy, salty crunch, and my hand just keeps going in for more. I had previously tried following the Chex Mix recipe on the back of the cereal box, but it still didn't taste as good as their pre-packaged counterparts. Then I ran across this recipe, and with the glowing reviews, I had to give it a try.

I love that it includes mixed nuts! As it's baking in the oven, the aroma of butter, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce is filling up my kitchen. It smells heavenly. Although there is little prep time and minimal effort needed, it does require you to mix up the mix every 15 minutes, 4 times, for a total baking time of 1 hour and 15 minutes- so make sure you've got some time on your hands before making this snack. I like my snacks well-seasoned, so next time, I plan on increasing the seasoning (Tabasco, Worcestershre sauce, Garlic, Lawry's, Onion powder) to give it a bolder taste, but otherwise, it had a solid flavor and satisfied my crispy salty tooth!

7/4/09 Update: I revamped this recipe to have a "bolder" taste, and I loved it! My edits will be in BOLD below:

What do I need?

3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Wheat Chex
3 cups Rice Chex
2 cups pretzel sticks
2 cups mixed nuts (10-oz container)
1 to 1-1/2 sticks butter (I used 2 sticks)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced (I used 3) (I used 4 cloves, minced)
3-5 cloves of garlic, mashed (I used 4) (I used 5 cloves, mashed)
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (I used 4 Tbsp)
6-12 shakes Tabasco sauce (I did 10 shakes) (I used 20 healthy shakes)
1 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt (I used 2 tsp)
1/4 tsp onion powder (I used 3/4 tsp)

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Prepare 1-2 large baking sheets.
2. Dump cereal, pretzel sticks, and nuts in a LARGE mixing bowl.
3. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, add the remaining ingredients, and microwave until butter is melted. Stir together and toss into cereal mixture, stirring as you go:

4. Transfer the mix onto 1-2 baking sheets, and bake for 1 hr and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes:

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Source: Pioneer Woman


Anonymous said...

Yum! I love homemade chex mix!

Joelen said...

Homemade snack mixes like this are always way better than the packaged stuff! Looks great!

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