Sweet and Savory…”Crack”

I just made a really yummy version of Chex Mix that is both sweet and savory.  Like me!

I created this new snack mix out of necessity.  I didn’t have all the ingredients for either of the recipes I wanted to use, so I decided to combine the two and create a new snack mix of my own!   I don’t know what I want to call it, yet, but I know I’m hooked.

It has a light, sweet flavor with the occasional savory bite.

The first thing you must do is grab some honey.   But, unfortunately, I had to de-crystallize (is that a correct kitchen term?  Is that even a word??) my wild honey.  (No, not ThrillCam.)   You can do this by placing the jar of honey in a small saucepan with a few inches of water, over a low heat. 

Don’t rush it.  Let the honey warm slowly.  Your honey should eventually “thaw” out and become one with itself.  (Whatever that means….)

Once your honey is ready, add 1 cup honey to 1/4 cup oil (I used canola, but you can use vegetable–just don’t use olive.  bleechh!  That would taste grody, I would think.)

Set your honey/oil mixture aside and let it marry.  (It won’t.  But, that sounded very chefesque.)

In a large bowl, place 5 cups of Rice Chex (or Wheat, or Corn, or a combo).

Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup oats to the cereal.  (just ‘cuz…)

A little extra fiber never hurt anyone.  Know what I mean, Vern? 

Mix it up.

Now, pour that yummy honey all over the cereal/oat mixture.

Don’t be shy….drench it!

Mix the cereal and honey until evenly coated.

Spread the cereal on a foil-lined cookie sheet (you can also spray the foil with a little cooking spray, if you’d like) and bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during that time.

Bake to a golden brown.

In the meantime,  melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine (I’m a butter girl, myself), in a medium bowl.  To the butter add the following ingredients:

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. celery salt

Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the melted butter.  (I only had this kind, but I bet finely shredded would mix more evenly.)

To the butter/Parmesan mixture, add 12 oz. mixed nuts.   Coat those babies.

And, once again, on a foil-lined cookie sheet, place the nuts.  And, once again, bake at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Allow the nuts to cool. 

Then, when cooled, combine the honey-coated cereal and the butter-coated nuts together in a large bowl and mix well.  Allow them to mix and mingle, really get to know one another….

You’ll be happy your introduced them to each other. 

I put mine in my new Dallas Cowboys bucket we brought home from the new Cowboys stadium!  (that’s another post for another day)

Serve this at the next Cowboys play-off game!  Or, serve it when watching the Cowboys win the Super Bowl! 

Or, put it in a nice nondescript bowl and enjoy!

This stuff, whatever you want to call it, and whatever you choose to serve it in, is surprisingly addictive. 

With love, from your “supplier,”

E.

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4 comments

  1. Anne

    Elizabeth,

    This sounds absolutely wonderful! I think I will try it this weekend when we are hanging out around the house. Thanks for sharing!

    Anne

    • Elizabeth Simmons

      I hope you like, Anne! (How are you?!!) I’m thinking about adding a little cayenne to the butter mixture, next time… This is one of those recipes that can be played with quite a bit.
      E.

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