Friday, February 20, 2015

Homemade party mix (aka get out of the way Chex mix!)

Be forewarned. Making this mix will result in consumption of unreasonable quantities of carbohydrate filled delight. It's so good that a handful will never do. Make it and share it. Or make it and shamelessly consume the entire massive bowl in a day. I'm not here to judge.

This party mix is fun to make. Pick your wheat filled products and go to town. Pretzels, chex cereal, peanuts, wheat crackers, and popcorn made up my first version. Next time I'm adding goldfish. Once you have some brown butter, the sky's the limit  for how to season this baby.

This version contains Frank's red hot and worcester. I also just made a BBQ version. Next I'm thinking a sticky sweet and spicy asian variety with hoisin and sweet chili sauce. Oh the fun we are going to have with this mix.

Homemade party mix
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, makes massive quantities appropriate for as few as 1 and as many as 10

2 tablespoons oil
6 tablespoons unpopped popcorn (can sub six cups already popped popcorn)
1 cup peanuts or any darn nuts you love
2 cups chex cereal
1 1/2 cups mini pretzels
1 cup wheat crackers, or melba toast, or goldfish, or pita chips
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons worcester sauce
1/4 cup Frank's red hot (or sub BBQ sauce for a BBQ version)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Pop that popcorn! Heat the olive oil and 2-3 corn kernels in a large pan with a lid over medium high heat. When the first kernels pop, add the rest. Every 30 seconds grab the pan and lid and shake. Once a few seconds passes between pops, remove from the heat. Pour popcorn in a large bowl. Add the peanuts, chex cereal, pretzels, and crackers to the bowl and use your hands to mix.

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over high heat. When the butter begins to turn golden brown, remove from heat. Whisk into the butter the worcester, Frank's red hot (or BBQ), brown sugar, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic, and onion powder.

Pour the butter sauce over you party mix and stir with a large spoon or spatula, until everything is coated. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and go to town!

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