It’s that time of year again! For the next few days most of you will be donning your favorite team colors, picking your primo game viewing spot, locating your favorite coozie, and chomping down on lots of sweet, salty, crunchy, yummy snacks. As for myself, I prefer a nice comfy couch corner, a cold bottleneck, and any snack food that contains one or many of the following:
Butter, sugar, salt, hot sauce, potatoes, cheese, nuts, chocolate, key lime, anything deep fried, and butter. Or did I already mention butter?
I got this fantastic snack mix recipe years ago, from the mom of one of my high school friends. She used to make this for anything from movie nights to road trips. Luckily, it is one recipe that makes a TON! I say luckily because between just a few of us teenagers, we took down the entire batch within a few hours. I made sure to get the recipe from her, and now I’d like to bestow it upon you, in hopes that you might add it to your game-day nosh buffet!
Mrs. Z’s Snack Mix
- One box Oatmeal Squares cereal
- One bag pretzel sticks
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs Tobasco
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, whisk in Tobasco. In a large mixing bowl, throw in the cereal, pretzels and grated cheese. Pour over melted butter mixture and stir, (I prefer to use my hands, much faster!). Pour mixture onto cookie sheet.* Bake at 250° F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
*I use two cookie sheets in my convection oven. If you can’t fit it all onto one, I’d recommend baking in two batches, or rotating the pans and checking the mix for golden brown crispiness!
This snack mix is crunchy, salty, a little spicy, a little sweet, and suited perfectly for a big hungry group of basketball fans! Personalize your snack mix but substituting or adding some of the following:
Nuts, Chex cereal, bagel chips, sesame sticks, Cheerios, a sprinkle of garlic powder, cayenne pepper. Mix it up!