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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sharing My Only Secret Recipe

...because I'm just like that!
For many years, my Chex mix recipe was as generic as they come: it was found on the back of the box of Chex cereal.  Gradually, however, I began to experiment. Now, I have what is considered a delicious but "secret" recipe for seasoning the mix.

In the spirit of generosity, I'm sharing it here on the blog.

I begin with the classic mix of a variety of Chex-styled cereals, 15 cups total. Add 2 cups of various nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.; 2 cups pretzels and 2 cups of garlic bagel chips, goldfish crackers, melba toast etc. Mix all these well.

In a separate bowl, melt a stick of butter and add 1 tsp. of salt and 4 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce. Now, for the secret ingredient: 1 1/2 tbsp. of Rogan Josh, a spice from Penzey's Spice store.

Mix these together then stir into the food mix to coat. 
Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
 Allow to cool and then store in an air-tight container.
(This recipe can be doubled.)

More traditional recipes might have you building a spice blend of your own from things like coriander, cumin, salt, onion and garlic powders, but trying a pre-made spice blend can be a fun way to experiment with new flavorings. Next I might try a batch with a California spice blend.

Happy experimenting!

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