Hello, hello, party people and happy Hump Day! You're halfway through the week, woohoo! I hope that your week has gone well so far. Mine has been spent looking for more jobs to apply for, spending time on applications, and prepping for my guest lecture on Thursday. My research advisor asked me to lecture his two classes since he'll be away on business on Thursday, so I've been tweaking the presentation and practicing that a good amount! Wish me luck :)
In Monday's post I had told you that I was heading to hang with my sister and Mike to watch some football, and guys, for me football means one thing: snacks. To be honest, I'm not a huge football girl, but I do love the food that surrounds Football Sundays. Anyone else with me on this?? So, naturally I had to whip up some type of snack to bring along on Sunday! I was craving something salty and that's when Chex Mix came to mind.
I made this Chex Mix recipe one other time during a snow storm last year, and it's extremely easy! If you've never made homemade Chex Mix before, you're missing out. It's much better than the store bought stuff flavor wise, and you can pick and choose what you put in it, which means if you leave all of the dark wheat chex in the Chex Mix bag usually (hi, that's me), you can choose not to put those in or include less of them!
I followed Gimme Some Oven's crockpot Chex Mix recipe as my general guideline, and made some tweaks here and there. Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 9 cups Chex cereal (I used 3 1/2 cups corn, 3 1/2 cups rice, and 2 cups wheat)
- 2 - 3 cups pretzels (I erred on the side of 3 cups)
- 1 cup cheerios
- 1 - 2 cups peanuts (again, I was closer to 2 cups, the more the better, right?)
- 1/3 cup (6 tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (can we talk about how I can never say that right?)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
You can really be creative with your ingredients - only have honey nut cheerios on hand, use 'em up! Want to add in some bagel chips instead of pretzels? Sub out almonds for peanuts? Be my guest! You can even add in some chocolate chips or festive m&ms (halloween colors, woo!) once the Chex Mix is done and cooled for a nice salty and sweet snack. Let's not get ahead ourselves thought - first things first, you'll want to pull out your trusty crockpot. We have THIS crockpot and really like it, so, if you're in the market for a crockpot you may want to check it out.
Alright, so don't turn your crockpot on yet. You'll just be dumping ingredients in for now. Start by throwing in your Chex, pretzels, cheerios, and peanuts.
Then, you'll want to melt your 6 tablespoons of butter in a bowl. Once it's melted you can add in your seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Whisk the ingredients together.
Once you have it well mixed, you can pour the liquid over the your dry ingredients. Use a spatula (or your hands, just avoid hard wooden spoons since they could crush some of the ingredients) to mix up the ingredients to ensure the liquid has coated most of the cereals, nuts, and pretzels. After that go ahead and put the crockpot lid on, and set the it on low for 3 hours. You'll want to stir the Chex Mix once during the first two hours and then in the last hour you'll want to stir it two to three times to prevent burning.
Once three hours have passed, you'll go ahead and dump your Chex Mix onto baking sheets or parchment paper to dry out (and maybe you'll snack on a handful in the process - I won't tell anyone!).
After it's dried out, dig right in! Bring this recipe to your next get together with your friends, a football party, or pack it in your kid's school lunch. This also would make a great little teacher's gift, or a gift for anyone in your life. Like I said before, put some festive candies in their like orange and black m&ms for halloween, pour some into a mason jar, screw on the lid, and tie some ribbon. Voila, a cute, thoughtful, and homemade gift!
I hope you guys will try out this easy and yummy recipe! I think it's the perfect snack for Fall, and it doesn't hurt that it makes your house smell pretty delicious while it cooks in the crockpot :)
Question of The Day: What's your go-to salty snack?
See ya guys next time!