During the Holiday season, we dig out the old standard recipes. You know, the ones we make over and over because they are familiar. I decided to dig out an old favorite and put it up here again.
I love Party Mix. Everybody loves Party Mix. How is it we only have it during the holiday season? It’s not just for Holidays any more, so, I’m thinking I should always have some on hand in the freezer. Kind of like a New Year’s Resolution for the kitchen.
I have adapted the recipe for quantity, taste, lack of measuring, and ease of reading. Have you ever noticed how small the print is on the cereal box? Is there an ink shortage or what? The only people with eyes good enough to read print that small usually are not the cookers. They are children, pilots, surgeons, and astronomers. I digress.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. While the oven was warming up, I put the butter, seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire Sauce in the roasting pan. You can put it in a small bowl and melt in the microwave, but I didn’t want to dirty up another dish.
Stir the butter mixture every once in a while to incorporate the seasonings with the butter. By the time the oven is up to temperature, the butter will be melted and ready to pour over the cereal mixture.
In a very large mixing bowl, dump the nuts in the bottom,
then, the three kinds of cereal
the pretzels on top.
Now comes the messy part. Take your time, using a large spoon or your hands, to mix everything together. Go very slow and start at the bottom of the bowl and lift up. Eventually, everything kind of falls into place and it is pretty much evenly incorporated. Next, pour the melted butter mixture over the top and mix again. Do not try to go fast, speed is not your friend. Just slowly bring it up from the bottom and it will all get covered with the yummy melted butter and seasonings. There will be some spillage. Eat the evidence.
Dump the coated mixture back into the large roasting pan. If your pan is not large enough, use two pans. Those aluminum throw away roasting pans work great. I used to use those until I found this great pan on clearance at Target. Ready for baking.
Every twenty minutes, for the next hour and twenty minutes, you will pull the pan out of the oven and gently give it a stir. Eat anything that falls out…..and it will. It gives you the nourishment you need to keep stirring every twenty minutes.
While the Party Mix is baking, get the counter or table top ready for the finished Mix. Line the area with a double thickness of paper toweling. I like to use my island for this. It will require a lot of space.
When the Mix is done baking, dump it out in a heap the length of your counter.
Spread the mixture out evenly over the paper toweling. I use my hands because I have super powers and can touch hot things faster than a speeding bullet or something like that. It will be hot, so take care and use a spatula or put oven mitts on for this process.
It’s a beautiful thing. I told you it made a lot. Here’s another shot.
After it is cooled, put it into an airtight container or zip loc storage bags and it will keep for a couple of weeks. It can also be frozen for a good six months in zip log storage bags. This recipe yielded ten, one quart bags of yummy goodness.
Here is the recipe for a large quantity. Use any kind of cereal you like. I just put the cereals I like in the recipe. Same goes for the nuts. I used two cans of mixed nuts. The recipe can be cut in half very easily and I have also included a recipe for the half quantity.
Big Party Mix or Medium Party Mix
adapted from the Chex Mix recipe (half recipe)
3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups) 3/4 cup
6 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce 3 Tablespoons
5 teaspoons seasoned salt 2 1/2 teaspoons
3 teaspoons garlic powder (NOT garlic salt) 1 1/2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons onion powder (NOT onion salt 1 teaspoon
Turn oven on to 250 degrees. Melt the above in a bowl in the microwave or toss it all in the roasting pan and melt in oven while it is heating up.
Mix the following ingredients in a very large mixing bowl. Use a two large bowls if you do not have an extra large mixing bowl. Stir to get it all incorporated evenly.
1-14 ounce box Wheat Chex cereal (6 cups) 3 cups
1-12 ounce box Crispix cereal (8 cups) 4 cups
1-14 ounce box Corn Chex cereal (10 cups) 5 cups
2-11 ounce cans mixed nuts 1-11 ounce can
1-1 pound bag pretzel sticks 1/2 bag
Pour melted mixture over the cereal mixture. Stir to mix and coat well. P our into one very large roasting pan or two large roasting pans.
Bake for one hour and 20 minutes, stirring the mixture every 20 minutes.
Turn out onto paper toweling to cool. Spread it out to cool evenly.
Store in air tight containers: Zip Loc bags or canisters. May be frozen. Enjoy!!
For those of you who like a sweet version of the Party Mix, head on over to the Chex Mix website. They are not paying me to mention this. It would be cool if they paid me in Chex cereals! Anyway, here is the site: