Sorry for the break everyone. A friend of mine just asked me for this recipe that I made last year at my friend’s Urban Family Thanksgiving Party last spring and I had started a post and then never posted it. So here it is.
In case you are wondering, Urban Family Thanksgiving is basically a replay of Thanksgiving only with the family you choose and food options that are either family favorites or something untraditional. I settled on this Chex Mix recipe as an appetizer because Bourbon and Bacon should show up to every family gathering. Right?
Of course I didn’t totally follow the recipe (shocker, eh?) and I made 3 batches which took me 3 hours because I only had 2 pans. (Santa are you listening?)
Here is the original recipe from General Mills:
Kentucky Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix®
1 bag (15 oz) Chex Mix® traditional snack mix
1 cup pecan halves
½ lb bacon (6 to 8 slices), crisply cooked and crumbled
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons bourbon
¾ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix snack mix, pecans and bacon. Set aside.
- In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Cool 2 minutes. Carefully stir in bourbon and chipotle chili powder. Pour over snack mixture; toss until evenly coated.
- Spread snack mixture on pans. Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store covered in refrigerator.
|Miko can smell the bacon|
The original recipe is very good. I had some when I did the cooking day and General Mills and fell in love with it.
I kind of changed the whole thing with my version. The original recipe uses the bags of Chex mix and I wanted to go more from scratch.
This is what I did. I bought:
- Corn Chex Mix
- Rice Chex Mix
- Bacon (2 packages already cooked; cheating I know but I didn’t want my house to smell like bacon)
- Pepitas (I thought since it was Thanksgiving I should use pumpkin seeds instead of pecans)
- Slivered Almonds – I had some in the cupboard so I added those as well
- Bag of pretzels – I threw the bag around and stomped on it to break up the pretzels
|Miko won't guard the door, but she will guard the Chex Mix|
|The Mix was a Big Hit!|
I would definitely make it again but I would probably use pecans instead of the pepitas because the flavor was so mild that you didn’t really taste the pepitas as much. It definitely needs something bolder. I would also use more bacon. Because you can never have too much bacon, right?
|Had to show a photo of the CRISPY deep-fried turkey. |
Don't worry, it was still good. And there was another one in the oven.