Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Accidental Chex Mix

Our family has been holed up for days with the flu.
Baker brought it home from school and shared the love with Brian and me.
That boy!
Today made the fifth day of being quarantined, and I was going stir crazy!
We snuck out bright and early and hit the drive thru of Bojangle's for some yummy biscuits because our shelves hadn't seen groceries for days.
I'm not sure I have ever experienced a marriage as divine as that of flour and butter.
Then we headed to clean the shelves at Publix.
Brian requested sausage balls (we love Plain Chicken's recipe) and Chex Mix, Baker wanted to make cookies for Santa, and I couldn't get chicken and dumplings off the brain.
For as long as I can remember, I have used Pioneer Woman's recipe for Chex Mix.
I love the little kick the Tabasco sauce adds.
When we got home and unpacked all the sacks, I realized I left Tabasco sauce off the list.
So, I did what all good women do, I improvised.
And with all the love I have in my heart for my buddy Ree, I will never do it her way again.

Here's what we used:
3 cups corn Chex
3 cups wheat Chex
3 cups Hot & Spicy Cheez Its
1 container mixed nuts
2 sticks of butter
5 tablespoons Worcestershire (I almost left it out because it's so hard to spell)
3 teaspoons seasoning salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
The red pepper flakes make all the difference.
They add a little zest even Tabasco sauce couldn't do.
Note: My husband is not a fan of pretzels, so we substitute spicy Cheez Its.


To prepare:
1. Combine first four ingredients (wheat and corn Chex, Cheez-Its, and nuts) in a  large mixing bowl.
2. In a medium saucepan (or microwave safe bowl), melt butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.

3. Pour liquid over dry ingredients, stirring until scrumptious butter concoction coats all pieces.

4. Spread evenly onto foil-lined cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

6. Try to save some for Mr. Claus.

Happy Christmas Eve! 

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