Expats might love the food in their host country but sometimes there’s just no substituting a flavour from home.
Last week I posted about one of the foods I can’t get in the UK that I ask visitors from the States to bring. Most things that I miss from home I can either buy online (at vastly inflated prices) or replicate (I may just be the best Tex Mex cook in Essex). There is one snack food that I love in the States but I never ask for because the replica recipe is so easy: Chex Party Mix.
Chex is a cereal more or less like Shreddies, but a little lighter and it comes in three varieties, corn, wheat and rice. At least I think it still does. Anyway, someone at Chex got clever and made a snack mix using these three cereals, along with pretzels, nuts and maybe something else like bagel chips all baked in a very more-ish seasoning. I love it. Perfect for a quick snack, for a party, for watching sport and drinking a beer, whatever.
Like the famous Rice Krispy snacks, the Chex party mix is pretty easy to replicate–and pretty easy to alter to suit your tastes/needs at home (i.e. less salt).
Oh, and the seasoned salt in the homemade recipe is usually Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, which you can’t get in the UK, so check out the link to my recipe for Seasoned Salt. I think it’s better than Lawry’s (and in a blind taste test of five of my family members they agreed), partly because I use less salt. The seasoned salt link is a good link for you to remember if you cook many American recipes because you’ll come across that ingredient a lot.
So in keeping with the theme of my food category–American snack foods for my UK readers, here I give you one of the most more-ish party mix recipes you’ll ever eat. Try it this weekend! And feel free to experiment and come up with your own version!
Snacky Party Mix
6 – 7 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
7 Shakes (or so) of Tabasco sauce — more if you love it hot!
1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
1 Teaspoon onion powder
5 cups total of mini pretzels, unsalted peanuts, Shreddies-type cereal (or generic equivalent–which is what I used and it’s perfect)
Get your mix ingredients together. Absorbant yet hardy cereal works best. I spent a long time looking at cereals in Tescos and think Shreddies-type cereal is probably best. I used the store brand.
I melted the butter in a pyrex measuring jar in the microwave. It may seem like a lot, but a lot of this butter will bake off the mix leaving less fat for you to eat. This quantity helps spread the seasonings to all the pieces.
Mix sauces and seasonings in with the butter, then pour over the pretzel/peanut/cereal mixture. Stir it all around a lot to make sure it’s all well covered–every piece!
Spread the mixture in one layer on baking sheets, bake at about 110C for about 40 mn. But keep checking towards the 30 mn mark and give it a little shuffle around on the tray. My oven is not the best one for recipe testing so just use my timings as a rough guide not a strict rule.
When you take it out of the oven let it sit a while–I KNOW, you’re excited to try it, right? Don’t, not till it’s cooled down. I was impatient and ended up with a sore and fuzzy tongue for the rest of the day. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container (if it lasts long enough to be stored).
What foods to you replicate from home, or if you’re not an expat, do you make any copycat recipes?