September 4, 2011

Texas Trash Snack Mix

This is a very easy mix to throw together and is good to bring to parties, or to keep at home for your own snacking pleasure :)  I made quite a few batches of this last Christmas, but today I'm making it for my fiance's birthday! The boy prefers salty snacks over sweets, so I decided to whip up this Texas Trash Snack Mix using some of his favorite salty snacks. You can basically throw any type of small plain or salty snack into this mix and it'll turn out great (bugles, goldfish, pretzels, nuts, cereal, etc.). The tabasco sauce and cayenne pepper give it a nice kick, which makes it more flavorful and delicious than your average "trash mix". I found the recipe last year at food.com. Hope you enjoy!


Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour
Makes 9 cups.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1  1/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T Tabasco sauce
  • 9 cups of a variety of small snacks (Bugles, goldfish, pretzels, pecans, etc)
    • Today I used:
      • 1 c pistachios
      • 1 c almonds
      • 1 c sesame seed sticks
      • 2 c Cheerios
      • 2 c Chex cereal
      • 2 c Cheez It Party Mix
  • measuring cup with spout or small bowl
  • large baking pan
  • spatula

Feel free to skip past the picture demonstration to get straight to the listed directions.


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.


 In a measuring cup with a spout or small bowl, mix the melted butter, seasonings, and sauces  until combined. Set aside. 

Place 9 cups of your desired snack mix onto the baking sheet. 



Use a spatula to mix the dry ingredients in the pan. 



Pour the butter mixture over the dry snack mix. Use a spatula to mix the dry ingredients with the butter mixture, stirring until all pieces have been coated.


Place the pan of coated snack mix into the oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring the snack mix every 15 minutes. Watch your eyeballs! That Tabasco sauce will nearly knock you down the first time you open the oven door.


Remove the snack mix from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Chow down, then store remaining snack mix in an airtight container.


Ingredients: 


  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1  1/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T Tabasco sauce
  • 9 cups of a variety of small snacks (Bugles, goldfish, pretzels, pecans, etc)
    • Today I used:
      • 1 c pistachios
      • 1 c almonds
      • 1 c sesame seed sticks
      • 2 c Cheerios
      • 2 c Chex cereal
      • 2 c Cheez It Party Mix
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Mix the melted butter, seasonings, and sauces in a measuring cup with a spout or small bowl.
  3. Add 9 cups of your desired snack mix onto a baking sheet. Stir the dry ingredients in the pan together until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients, stirring until each piece has been coated.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely after bake time. Store in an airtight container. 
(This snack mix freezes well, according to food.com)


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