Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Buffalo Style Chex Mix

With the holidays just around the corner, I'm always on the lookout for great little appetizers that I don't have to worry about, and can remain on the counter.  This recipe is one of those!  Chex mix always seems to be a favorite snack food around my house, especially when we're playing cards, or watching a movie, so this year I decided I would try making my own batch!  If you don't like it too spicy, you can always cut back on the amount of hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

Buffalo Style Chex Mix
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4 cups Rice Chex® cereal
4 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups white cheddar Cheez-It
2 cups pretzel sticks (or twists)
2 cups whole almonds
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4-6 tablespoons hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
1 (1 oz.) packet ranch dressing mix
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (more if desired)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

In a large bowl combine the rice chex, wheat chex, white cheddar cheez-it, pretzels, and almonds.  Stir all together and set aside. 

In a roasting pan, stir together the melted butter, hot sauce, and ranch dressing mix until well blended.  Slowly add in the cereal mixture and gently stir together until evenly coated.  Sprinkle with cayenne pepper, and stir around again.  Bake the mixture for 1 hour, stopping every 15 minutes to stir around.

Remove the pan from the oven and spread the Chex mix out on a paper towel to cool.  This will take about 15 minutes.  Keep stored in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

Source: Slightly adapted from Let's Dish


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