December 7

Party Mix Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays


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This is a staple at our house during the Holidays.  My husband grew up with this recipe, and it has since become a tradition for us as well.  There are all kinds of Chex Mix and Party Mix recipes out there, but I think this one is the best.  Not sure what it is, but it just works!  We make it in a giant canning pot, and that is where it stays on the counter until it is pretty much gone.  I gave up years ago trying to change that.  My husband (and me for that matter), is all about tradition.   The party mix was stored in the pot on the counter while he was growing up, so that is how it should be done now.  The good thing about it sitting out?  You can always hear when someone is trying to sneak more party mix!
The key to making party mix is taste testing.  You bake it at a low temp for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.  Every 15 minutes, after it has cooked for an hour, you are allowed to taste 1 piece.  Trust me, it doesn't turn our right if you don't follow this special step.  This was the rule when my husband was a little boy, and it is the rule now with our little boy…and he LOVES picking his 1 piece.   We have changed up the nuts over the years.  The original recipe calls for 2 pounds of mixed nuts, but I use 1 pound mixed nuts and 1 pound of cashews.  We love cashews, and the 3 pieces you would get in the mixed nuts was just not enough for me!
This freezes really well too.  Just put it in an airtight container, and store for up to 2 months.  We have some in our freezer right now that we have to save for Santa. This makes an appearance at any get together we have in December, and would make great gifts as well.

Don’t forget to check out Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts for other great recipes:
Chick Fil-A Chicken Nuggets – Chicken nuggets that taste very similar to the famed Chick Fil- A.
Rosemary Bread – Fresh bread with a hint or rosemary.
Creamy Polenta – A warm and comforting side dish.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars – These bars are so good, and perfect use of the can of pumpkin you have hanging around.

Party Mix
2 pounds Mixed Nuts
14 oz Wheat Chex
7 oz Corn Chex
7 oz Rice Chex
10 oz Cheerios
2 bags Pretzel Sticks
2 cups Canola Oil
2 Tbls Worchestershire Sauce
1 Tbls Garlic Salt
1 Tbls Lawery's Seasoned Salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pot.  Bake for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

Erin Sellin is the resident recipe contributor for Taking Time for Mommy – Online Magazine for Moms. You can also  find her on her own blog Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts and on facebook.


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