Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sugar Glazed Pecans and Savory Snack Mix

Today I have two delicious snack recipes for you. 
One is sweet; one savory.  Both are easy recipes that store wonderfully and make great gifts.  Enjoy!

My "Savory Snack Mix" is a version of the ever famous Chex Mix but instead of the traditional recipe, I use all my favorite things including Kellogg's Crispix Cereal!  I like this cereal because it is super crispy and each piece has a corn side and a rice side.  Then I add all my favorite ingredients.  If you want it spicy, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper with the butter.  I like to add a little "sweet" to this savory recipe, so some of the nuts are praline or honey roasted.

Savory Snack Mix
6 cups Kellog's Crispix cereal
2 cups Cheez-Its
2 cups pretzels
1/2 cup Praline Pecans (I used First Choice brand)
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup Honey Roasted cashews
6 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

In a large microwavable bowl, mix Kellogg's Crispix cereal, Chees-its, pretzels and nuts; set aside.  In a small Pyrex measuring cup, microwave butter and seasonings.  Stir butter mixture and then drizzle it over the cereal mixture.  Stir until evenly coated.  Microwave on High, uncovered for 6 minutes, stopping to stir every 2 minutes.  Spread on wax paper to cool.  Store in airtight container.

This is my friend Kris's recipe.  She makes these every Christmas and all her friends and family hope they will be on the receiving end of this delicious gift!

Sugar Glazed Pecans
2 lbs pecans (any nut will work)
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, salt and cinnamon.  Stir and set aside.  Crack egg whites into a large bowl.  Add water and beat until frothy.  Pour pecans into egg white mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.  Pour sugar mixture over the coated pecans and mix until coated. Pour nuts onto lined cookie sheet and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring every minutes.  When cooled, store in airtight container.

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