26 May 2018

Weekend Cooking: Sweet & Spicy Snack Mix

Sweet and Spice snack mix recipeIt's a holiday weekend here in America and I've had a crazy week of appointments, deadlines, and general busyness. Thus, I have a short and savory Weekend Cooking post today.

A few days ago I was going over my Memorial Day menu and came up with all the usual suspects: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, a baked something or other. Wine and beer.

Then I started to think about what I wanted for snacking with drinks before and after dinner. Two things hit me: I didn't want to fuss and I didn't want to dump a bag of tortilla chips in a bowl and call it a day. What to do?

As I was musing out loud, Mr. BFR said, "You know what I have a craving for? That Chex party mix stuff." Hummm. Okay. Buuuuut, I don't make it anymore because I have developed a mild peanut allergy.

Still, I kind of liked the idea too. A little internet searching later, and I found a sweet and spicy mix with peanut-free ingredients (as long as I subbed cashews for the peanuts). Thank you, Real Simple magazine.

I was able to find peanut free everything and mixed up a batch of completely addictive Honey Mustard Snack Mix. This is so good that I almost had to hide it from Mr. BFR so we'd have some left for our cookout!

Here's the recipe from the Real Simple site, where you'll find the nutritional informational and tips on storage and recrisping. My changes are in red (and the photo is my own).

Honey Mustard Snack Mix
Makes 10 cups

  • Sweet and spicy snack mix from Real Simple3 cups crisp wheat cereal squares (such as Wheat Chex)
  • 2 cups crisp corn snacks (such as Bugles)
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 2 cups bagel chips, lightly crushed
  • 2 cups honey-roasted peanuts [I used cashews]
  • 2 cups wasabi peas [I forgot to buy these]
  • 10 tablespoons (5 oz.) unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt [I omitted]
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) [I used this]
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place cereal squares, corn snacks, pretzels, bagel chips, peanuts, and peas in a large bowl.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium. Remove from heat, then whisk in honey, dry mustard, Dijon mustard, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and cayenne, if using, until combined.

Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture; gently stir together until well combined, then spread onto prepared baking pans. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Snack mix keeps, in airtight containers at room temperature, for up to 2 weeks. Recrisp if necessary.
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rhapsodyinbooks 5/26/18, 6:05 AM  

This does sound very addictive! I would have to hide it from myself....

gluten Free A_Z Blog 5/26/18, 6:58 AM  

Happy Memorial Day and thanks for hosting. I look forward to this interaction on this linky each week.
Honey mustard anything is good is a winner for me!!

Mae Travels 5/26/18, 7:31 AM  

Sounds like you nailed it! Sweet...salty...buttered...mustardy...peppery... wow!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Mae Travels 5/26/18, 7:41 AM  

MR. Linky was definitely cranky today -- I messed up two links while figuring out what I had to do. Sorry, I hope you can remove the incorrect ones!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Molly 5/26/18, 8:06 AM  

This sounds FABULOUS - and a refreshing change from the Tabasco/Worcestershire variety :)

Tina 5/26/18, 8:15 AM  

That sounds like a good treat. Bummer about the nut allergy, I didn’t know that could just develop. Be careful with Chinese takeaway, if you get it, as they use a lot of peanut oil.

bermudaonion 5/26/18, 8:27 AM  

I like the addition of the mustard. I'd leave out the salt for the cayenne pepper too. I'll have to give this a try.

Deb in Hawaii 5/26/18, 12:05 PM  

It's been far too long since I've had a Chex or snack mix. This looks perfect for munching. ;-)
Have a great weekend!

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