Mmmm. Party Mix.
I am not old enough to have seen the height of the home party mix craze in the 70s. I had only know party mix as the kind you get in the bag at the store. The horror!
Once, a few years ago, my grandma made the original, old-fashioned kind and I was hooked. I had to make it and I had to make it for every party there was. Then I discovered Peanut Lover's Chex Mix at the store and I was torn. How could I incorporate all the peanuty goodness of PLCM with all the traditional flavors of the original Party Mix?
I experimented and I developed this very tasty Party Mix: The Good Wife Party Mix!
The two main secrets to my party mix are: 1. Use real garlic and 2. Use both dry- and honey-roasted peanuts. I also don't add pretzels, just because I am not a big hard pretzel fan but feel free to add pretzels if you like them. Oh and I don't add the wheat Chex either.
4 1/2 cups Corn Chex cereal
4 1/2 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 cup garlic flavor bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3 to 4 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
~Heat oven to 250°F.
~In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Using a garlic press, press 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, depending on your love of garlic flavor. Stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated.
~Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
The addition of the real garlic cloves really add a nice roasted garlic flavor to the mix and the two contrasting peanuts enhance the flavor of the mix.
recipe by: The Good Wife