Friday, February 5, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix


Chex Mix is a classic tradition.  It is easy to make and makes a great snack/treat all of the time.  This recipe takes this classic recipe to the next level. You have your traditional ingredients - Chex cereal, nuts, pretzels and adds dried peas, dried cherries and nutritional yeast.

The ingredients (except the cherries and nutritional yeast) are coated in a sauce of butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and brown sugar.




Once the mix has been coated well, it is baked in a 250F degree oven for 1  hour.  Remove the mix from the oven and sprinkle with the nutritional yeast.




 

I  love the extra pow the nutritional yeast gives this recipe.  When the mix is cool toss in the dried cherries.

The result is a wonderful Chex mix that has both crunch and chewiness with a hint of spice and sweetness.   Perfect for your upcoming Superbowl Party or just for everyday.   Enjoy.


Sweet and Spicy Chex Mix
From Bon Appetit

Servings: Makes about 12 cups

Ingredients: 

SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 12 CUPS

 2 cups corn Chex cereal

 2 cups rice Chex cereal

 2 cups mixed unsalted nuts (such as pecans and cashews)

 2 cups small checkerboard pretzels or other small pretzels

 1⁄2 cup roasted edamame or roasted green peas (not wasabi "flavor") 

1⁄2 cup smoked almonds

6 garlic cloves, "finely" grated

 1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

1⁄4 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s Hot Sauce)

1⁄4 cup (packed) light brown sugar

4 teaspoons kosher salt 

1 teaspoon onion powder

1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 cups dried sour cherries or cranberries


Preparation:

1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°. Toss corn Chex, rice Chex, nuts, pretzels, edamame, and almonds in a large bowl.
2. Whisk garlic, butter, Worcestershire, hot sauce, brown sugar, salt, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl. Pour over cereal mixture and gently toss with a rubber spatula until coated.
3. Divide mixture between 2 rimmed baking sheets and spread in an even layer. Bake party mix, stirring every 15 minutes and rotating trays from front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until dry and toasted, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, toss, and let cool on baking sheets (it will become crisp as it cools).
4. Transfer party mix to a large serving bowl. Add cherries and toss until combined.
Do Ahead: Party mix, without cherries, can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature. Add cherries just before serving. 




 

2 comments:

  1. Sweet and spicy are great together. These are a fun snack!

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  2. Hi Geraldine:)
    Chex Mix is indeed a classic. I was thumbing through a vintage cookbook the other night and I came across a recipe called Truck and Trash. What was it? None other than Chex Mix. Now, it didn't have all the wonderful ingredients like yours does but, in some ways it was similar.

    I really need to save this recipe, so much healthier than some of the snacks I've been nibbling on this week.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Geraldine...

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