What I made Wednesday
So! This week is my all time FAVORITE snack, the family Chex Mix! Sorry ma, I'm giving out secrets!
You'll need to start off by collecting all your materials, I always forget one until the last minute. For example, I put together all the materials and then as soon as the butter was melted, I realized I'd forgotten to photograph the 'secret' ingredient! The Johnny's Seasoning Salt as pictured above right.
You will need the following tools:
- a very large, very deep metal pan for baking
- a small stovetop pan for creating the sauce
- a wooden spoon for mixing the ingredients in the oven, the best kind is one that actually has a bit more of a spoon scoop, but one like that pictured beside is good enough.
- measuring spoons
- and Newspapers! Black and White sides up.
Ingredients you will need:
- 2 cubes of butter (make sure you don't get the unsalted kind!)
- 1/3 cup Soy Sauce (I use Kikkoman's)
- 2/3 cup Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Johnny's Seasoning Salt
- Corn Chex Cereal (2/3rds box or whatever fits in your large baking pan best)
- Wheat Chex Cereal (For some reason, this cereal is always the smallest box! So use the whole box or whatever fits in your large baking pan best)
- Rice Chex Cereal (2/3rds box or whatever fits in your large baking pan best)
- 1/2 - 1 cup of Cocktail Peanuts (use the amount you prefer)
- 1/2 - 1 cup of Cashews, whole or halves (again, use the amount you prefer)
Did I mention the wheat chex cereal is my favorite? When it's made properly, these ones absorb the most sauce and become chewy and filled with the most amazing flavors!
Set your oven to bake at 250 degrees and mix your chex and nuts in the pan. I always start off with them separated like the picture to the upper left and then use my hands to mix it all together well until it looks like the picture to the upper right and close up, the picture to the right!
Melt the two cubes of butter over low on the stovetop and make sure to stir constantly! You don't want to burn the butter, and you don't want it to boil!
Once the butter is fully melted, add the soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and johnny's seasoning salt while still stirring. Once the sauce is fully mixed it will be a nice dark brown. It's ready.
Once the chex has finished it's hour, you'll want to pour it out over the newspaper that is on a flat surface, black and white pages side up. If you use color, the ink may bleed into your chex, and that's not necessarily tasty.
Let the chex sit for a few hours, I generally let it sit overnight out in the open, spread out so that it can dry evenly.
Your chex mix will be quite greasy when it first comes out and doesn't quite taste right, but the whole house will smell DELICIOUS! After it's fully dried, you can put it into tupperware to keep it fresh, or leave it on the counter and devour at will! and Voila! You all now have my chex mix recipe :) I hope you enjoy!
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