Let it be known that one of our favorite topics happens to be potential components of the ultimate Chex party mix. Kurt and I have spent quite a few hours pondering the merits of cereal based snacks, and feel like Chex mix really shines when people make brave and creative changes to the original recipe. We've come a long way since the dawn of Chex mix, and there are a billion options ranging from dehydrated veggies to snacks made from alternative flours, not to mention a variety of exotic and peculiar offerings from the bulk foods aisle. The results can be quite indulgent, but fretting over the healthfulness of Chex mix is counter productive to its moniker of "party mix."
Inspired by the BA Party Mix in Bon Appetit's December issue, I concocted our own rendition of Chex mix, named "Tomten's Goat Feed" after our favorite Yuletide anti-Santa and his goat companion. This is the perfect snack to share with friends and family this New Year's Eve, as it is addictive, festive, and salty enough to encourage the consumption of fizzy, alcoholic beverages. Cheers!
Tomten's Goat Feed
Adapted from BA Party Mix, Bon Appetit, December.
Note: This recipe makes A LOT (25-30 cups). I filled up an old popcorn tin for our holiday party and we had leftovers all week long visiting house guests. You can easily cut the recipe in half, if necessary.
1 box rice and corn Chex
5 cups Newman's Own Spelt Pretzels
4 cups roasted peanuts
2 cups toasted peas
2 cups toasted corn nuts
2 cups sesame sticks
4 cups cheese crisps
12 tbsp unsalted butter
16 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
4 tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp ground English mustard powered
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl or bucket (I used an old popcorn tin). Set aside.
Melt butter in sauce pan over low heat. Add crushed garlic cloves and cook in butter for about 5 minutes. Strain garlic infused butter into a small bowl and discard garlic. Stir in Worcestershire, Dijon, mustard powder, salt, paprika, and pepper. Pour over Chex mix and gently toss to evenly coat.
Divide mixture between 2 or 3 baking sheets and spread into even layers. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until evenly toasted, about 1 hour. Allow to cool in the pans.
Transfer party mix to an airtight container and store at room temperature.