Sunday, June 19, 2016

Julian's Cocktail Chex Mix

With a good cocktail you need at least a little snack, preferably salty and crunchy. I often make a variety of appetizers like nacho chips, guacamole, and spicy hummus but sometimes it's too much effort or we just want something simple and small. For that, I always keep a supply of my cocktail Chex mix on hand.

Julian's Cocktail Chex Mix
The recipe is simple and I've referred many to Google to find the recipe. But some have insisted mine tastes better.  Turns out, the official recipes have all gone healthy and tried to reduce the fat. No wonder they don't taste as good. So below I give you my version, which is about double the sauce of the original and also has more other ingredients besides just the cereal. And don't buy the pre-made Chex mix in the store. It's really not good at all.

Image above taken before sauce applied.
The recipe isn't that specific. Toss in what you like on the snack side. Just make sure to increase the amount of sauce if you increase the amount of snacks. You'll also see I give you the option of making the mix spicy hot. While I personally don't prefer it that way, it does slow down the consumption.

The recipe below fills these two
roasting pans with no room to spare.


1 12 ounce box Corn Chex
1 12 ounce box Rice Chex
1 14 ounce box Wheat Chex
1 pound pretzels, as small as you can find
Cooling on paper towels.
2-3 pounds peanuts, shelled, salted and roasted, extra large
2-3 pounds other snack ingredients like
    wasabi peas, BBQ corn nuggets, sesame sticks, etc

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder or granules
1 tablespoon onion powder
red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 250F degrees. Combine all of the snacks in a large roaster (or two) and gently mix.

In sauce pan or large microwavable bowl melt together butter and the remaining sauce ingredients. Pour over the snack mix and stir gently to combine.

Place in the pre-heated oven uncovered for 1 hours. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove and pour onto a work surface lined with paper towels to cool. When completely room temperature transfer to an air tight storage container(s) and use for your next cocktail party. Holds for several months.

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