Saturday, July 14, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I suspect everyone has their own tweaked version of this recipe. It was originally developed to promote sales of Old Bay spice mix and it has been around forever. My recipes are rarely static, so my version of it has changed over time and tends to vary with the seasons.  This is the recipe that I've used the last few times it was requested by my family. However you make it, the Old Bay snack mix makes wonderful game or beach food. It is less greasy than commercial snack mixes, and it seems to hold up well in humid weather, though I must admit, it doesn't sit around long enough to sog or stale when my crew is around.. My preferred snack will always be plain ol' popcorn. It, however, does not work well as a beach or picnic snack, so we sometimes rely on this old faithful standby. If you haven't tried it, or don't have a recipe of your own, you might want to try this one. Here's the recipe.

Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by an original recipe from Old Bay

6 cups crisp corn, rice cereal, such as Crispix or Chex
2 cups thin pretzel sticks or small pretzels
2 cups oyster crackers
2 cups cheddar goldfish
2 cups roasted peanuts
2 cups roasted cashews
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons hot-pepper sauce (i.e. Tabasco)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine cereal, pretzels, crackers, goldfish, peanuts and cashews in a roasting pan. Mix melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, lemon juice, and hot-pepper sauce together in a small bowl. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir or gently toss until ingredients are completely coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to two rimmed baking sheets to cool completely. Store in an airtight container if not used immediately. Yield: 16 cups.

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Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never tried making this but have always loved eating it. Now that I have a recipe this will be perfect to whip up for the evening we're just hanging around watching tv. Thanks for sharing this.

~~louise~~ said...

A delicious classic Mary. Delighted to learn a bit about the history too!

Thanks so much for sharing...

Veronica Miller said...

I didn't know this even existed till Suzie posted it a while back. Seeing it here is maybe a sign I need to try it!

The Single Nester said...

Simple and delicious.

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