November 17, 2012

Texas Trash

Do you need a fun hostess gift for the holidays?  Or a fun treat to feed an army?  Then Texas Trash is for you!  :-)  My Mom has made party mix during the holidays for many years.  Her version is very tasty!  I was checking out scarletta bakes one day, and came across a post called Texas Trash; it peaked my interest.  A party mix was not what I expected to find when I started reading it.  I read the ingredient list and I was so excited to see fritios on the list!  I haven't had fritios in years, so that was an important reason to make Texas Trash.  It is very yummy, with a kick.

I used two large roasting pans.  Three pans would have been really nice - more room to stir - but only two would fit in my oven.

Go make some "Trash" for the holiday season!  Or any season!  :-)

Texas Trash

1 (14 oz) box of cheerios cereal
1 (14 oz) box of captain crunch cereal
1 (12.8 oz) box of rice Chex cereal
1 (10.5 oz) bag of fritios
1 (13 oz) bag of pretzel sticks
2 pounds pecan halves
3 cups unsalted butter
1 (10 fl oz) bottle worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp celery seeds
4 tbsp ground garlic
3 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp ground cayenne chile
2 tbsp liquid smoke (I only used 1 tbsp, I didn't want it to be a strong flavor.)
2 tsp Tabasco sauce

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Place cereals, fritios, pretzels, and pecans in large roasting pans (I used two large roasting pans) and toss well.

Melt the butter in a saucepan.  As it melts, add in worcestershire sauce, celery seeds, garlic, cumin, cayenne, liquid smoke, and Tabasco.  Once the butter melts, give it a stir in case the seasonings have settled to the bottom.  Then pour over the dry ingredients.  Immediately toss the snack mix well.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours (I baked mine for about 2 1/2 hours), tossing occasionally as it bakes.  The finished mix will be fragrant and completely dry.  Remove and cool.  Once cooled, store in airtight containers.  (I used Christmas cookie tins.)

Hat Tip - scarletta bakes

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