Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mix Things Up

On this holiest of holy days, Super Bowl Sunday, Americans raise our couch potato selves from the primordial comfort of La-Z-Boy loungers and salute the most patriotic of foods: the cellophane wrapped snack. Today, millions of bags of potato chips, corn chips, and all manner of peanuts and popcorn will be torn open and poured straight into bowls. Perhaps served with a dip, perhaps not. Either way, as a true American, I knew that something better could be made.

After years of diligent research, I have crafted a snack mix that is the ultimate reward for the football fan, salty and crunchy, cheesy and nutty, satisfying to every munch monster.

And it goes something like this:

Lucy's Secret Snack Mix

1 (16 oz.) package Snyder's of Hanover Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Pieces
1 (9 oz.) package Snyder's of Hanover Butter Snaps Pretzels
1 (9 oz.) box Keebler Club Puffed Snack Bites Original Flavor
1 (12 oz.) box Keebler Club Crackers Snack Sticks Original Flavor
1 (12 oz.) can lightly salted peanuts
1 (1 oz.) envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch Salad Dressing
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Heat oven to 300. In a large, shallow pan, mix together all snack ingredients. Stir together the salad dressing and oil and pour over the snacks. Evenly distribute the seasoning throughout the mixture. Bake in oven, stirring frequently, for about a half hour. This is absolutely irrestisible warm from the oven. You can store it at room temp in sealed containers, but it won't last long. Actually, the untouched mix could probably last for a week or more, but my point is, it won't be around your house for very long if the munch monsters know where to find it.

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