Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix

I love the idea of snack mixes like this. I've never made one myself though until this one. And while I do still think that snack mixes are fun, and I love the mixture of stuff in this (though E picked out all the cheddar bunnies), it was insanely salty. In general we try to always reduce the salt in recipes, not add extra salt to our meals, and use reduced sodium products like soy sauce. So maybe for people who don't do this, it wouldn't be as salty? I'd never tried Old Bay seasoning until this recipe, and for those of you haven't tried it either, it tastes kind of like celery. So though I didn't love the recipe, I still think it's fun and maybe you guys can use it for inspiration or just try using less Old Bay seasoning (for less salt).

I was looking through this "cat breeds" book in Costco the other day and was reading about maine coons (which we believe Abby is). And reading the traits of the cat was neat because it completely describes Abby. It said how they have dog like behaviour and love to play fetch, and Abby always does that with her little balls, bringing them to us and being annoying until we throw them. And they love to play with water but don't like being wet, and will tip over their water dishes or dump their toys in water, which she also does. And how they like to grab things with their paws which she also tries to do, including her ball when we throw it for her.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Cheese Straws
Caramelized Onion, Sage and Cheddar Muffins
Garlic Cheese Bread
Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix
Adapted from Dana Treat who adapted from Everyday Food, June 2010

8 cups crisp corn, rice cereal, such as Crispix or Chex
3 cups thin pretzel sticks
3 cups Annie's cheddar bunnies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

Preheat oven to 250F. In a roasting pan, combine cereal, pretzels, and cheddar bunnies. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, lemon juice, and hot-pepper sauce. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir until ingredients are completely coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to two rimmed baking sheets to cool completely.


Tiffany said...

I love that photo of your cat. She is such a pretty girl!

Joanne said...

I LOVE salt...not big on celery though. I might have to add in some different seasonings, but on the whole this mix sounds great!

Bunny said...

My husband would love this, he's snacky kinda guy.

Anonymous said...

Talk about relaxed. Recipe looks yummy!

janet @ the taste space said...

Hey Ashley, This reminds me of "Nuts and Bolts" from my childhood. We didn't use Old Bay Seasoning, though... but I think Worcestershire sauce was in there, though.. Anyways, I loved that stuff as a kid! Yummers!

I love how Abby is a textbook maine coon. My friend had one, too, and he was all over the place! Out hunting most of the time.. ;)

Jabba said...

This sounds awesome! I've never thought of making my own party mix! I've also never heard of the old bay mix either, but I'm intrigued with the celery flavour.

I love the totally stunned look cats get on their faces when they are on their backs. She sounds like an awesome cat, I always wanted one who would fetch! The closest Ziggy gets to playing getch is chasing Brad after he chases him.

Kim said...

I love making party mix at Christmas time but have found that some are too salty. I like the recipes that call for individual seasonings such as garlic and onion powder and seasoning salt because then I feel I can control the salt level more than using a seasoning blend like Old Bay.

Johanna GGG said...

love the idea of the snack mix - never seen old bay seasoning in Melbourne but I think I have seen recipes for it - maybe you could make the seasoning with less salt - as I grow older I like salt more!

Funny to hear about abby - it always amuses me when zinc follows us down the street when we go for a walk - not that she follows at our heels but she loves the company