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Edgar

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This is the time of year for trail mix, chex mix, Texas trash or whatever your favorite term might be. I have tasted many of these mixes over the years, but none that I like better than my own concoction. I make a lot of this every year and the number of requests for a container of it goes up every year.

Here is my recipe and a photo of my first batch of the season.

Dry Ingredients:
1 box each of Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Golden Grahams & Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (for a larger batch, add a box or two of Crispix or Life or double up on a couple of the primary cereals)
3-4 cups of Mini-pretzels or stick pretzels
3-4 cups of Corn Chips
1 jar (about 3 cups) Honey Roasted Peanuts
1 can Mixed Nuts
1 small jar or can of Macadamia Nuts
2-4 cups of Shoestring Potatoes
2-3 cups of Texas Pecan Halves (substitutions permitted if necessary)
1 bag Peanut M&Ms
1 bag Almond M&Ms

Basting Ingredients:
3/4 to 1 cup of Cooking Oil
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Seasoned Salt
3 Tablespoons of Tobasco Sauce

Mix all the dry ingredients except the M&Ms in a large container. Seven boxes of cereal will make enough for about 3 roasting pans; nine boxes will make enough for about 4 roasting pans.

The basting mix will make enough for 2 roasting pans. If you are baking one roasting pan full at a time, cut the ingredients in half.

Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Sprinkle 1/4 of the basting mix over the ingredients in the roasting pan, then bake for 2 hours. Stir the mix and sprinkle another 1/4 of the basting mix over the ingredients every 30 minutes. Sprinkle a couple handfuls of the M&Ms on top of the other ingredients at the start of the last 30 minutes of baking.

Let it cool, store in covered containers, eat & enjoy!

The recipe invites experimentation. You can eliminate some ingredients for a smaller batch or substitute other favorites of your own. Keep the honey, cinnamon & graham cereals and the honey roasted peanuts though - they are the main ingredients for the awesome-good taste of this recipe. And of course, you MUST use the Texas pecans (if you can get them). :)

You can also adjust the basting mix to taste. Add more hot sauce if you like things sharp or reduce it if you don't. You can also use mild tobasco instead of original or a combination of the two.

Have fun & enjoy
Edgar
 

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mark james

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This made me laugh. About 8 hrs ago I got a PM asking for your recipe and I sent them the link for when you first posted it.

An awesome recipe - My only tweak is to use more hot sauce.

Thanks for the reminder Edgar.
 

EBorraga

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Edgar, I messaged Mark last night for recipe. I've had it at his house the last 2 years for the Holiday's. Can't make it up there this year, so i'm making my own!!!!
 

Wayne

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This is the time of year for trail mix, chex mix, Texas trash or whatever your favorite term might be. I have tasted many of these mixes over the years, but none that I like better than my own concoction. I make a lot of this every year and the number of requests for a container of it goes up every year.

Here is my recipe and a photo of my first batch of the season.

Dry Ingredients:
1 box each of Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Golden Grahams & Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (for a larger batch, add a box or two of Crispix or Life or double up on a couple of the primary cereals)
3-4 cups of Mini-pretzels or stick pretzels
3-4 cups of Corn Chips
1 jar (about 3 cups) Honey Roasted Peanuts
1 can Mixed Nuts
1 small jar or can of Macadamia Nuts
2-4 cups of Shoestring Potatoes
2-3 cups of Texas Pecan Halves (substitutions permitted if necessary)
1 bag Peanut M&Ms
1 bag Almond M&Ms

Basting Ingredients:
3/4 to 1 cup of Cooking Oil
1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Seasoned Salt
3 Tablespoons of Tobasco Sauce

Mix all the dry ingredients except the M&Ms in a large container. Seven boxes of cereal will make enough for about 3 roasting pans; nine boxes will make enough for about 4 roasting pans.

The basting mix will make enough for 2 roasting pans. If you are baking one roasting pan full at a time, cut the ingredients in half.

Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Sprinkle 1/4 of the basting mix over the ingredients in the roasting pan, then bake for 2 hours. Stir the mix and sprinkle another 1/4 of the basting mix over the ingredients every 30 minutes. Sprinkle a couple handfuls of the M&Ms on top of the other ingredients at the start of the last 30 minutes of baking.

Let it cool, store in covered containers, eat & enjoy!

The recipe invites experimentation. You can eliminate some ingredients for a smaller batch or substitute other favorites of your own. Keep the honey, cinnamon & graham cereals and the honey roasted peanuts though - they are the main ingredients for the awesome-good taste of this recipe. And of course, you MUST use the Texas pecans (if you can get them). :)

You can also adjust the basting mix to taste. Add more hot sauce if you like things sharp or reduce it if you don't. You can also use mild tobasco instead of original or a combination of the two.

Have fun & enjoy
Edgar
Edgar, this is going to be placed in the library. I created a word doc that I'll format and get it out soon.
 

Edgar

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Edgar, this is going to be placed in the library. I created a word doc that I'll format and get it out soon.
Thanks, Wayne. If you send me the draft, I will add some better photos & maybe a bit more verbiage.

Edgar
 

sbwertz

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These are good, too

Easy Oven Nut Clusters

24 oz raw pecans
8 oz raw walnuts
6 oz raw almonds
6 oz raw peanuts
4 oz raw sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Weigh out all the nuts and set them aside. In a large microwave safe bowl mix the salt, honey, sugar and water. Microwave on high one minute. Mix well, and add the nuts. Mix THOROUGHLY until all the nuts are coated with the syrup. Return to the microwave for 1 minute. Stir again to evenly coat the nuts with the syrup.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with baking parchment. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray, and spread the nut mixture evenly over the pan. (Let the parchment hang over the edge so the syrup does not run under the paper.) Use a spatula coated with cooking spray to spread the mix to an even thickness so it will heat evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, tip out of the pan, peel off the paper and break into bite sized pieces

Those are my favorite nuts, but you can use whatever combination you like.

Makes 48 ounces
 
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Sharon, you may already know about them, but south of Tucson in Green Valley, there is the Green Valley Pecan company that has some of the best pecans, about 20 different varieties of seasoned pecans... my favorite was the spicey nuts, but also like their honey coated.... I love pecans raw, but really liked the various ways they processed theirs.
 

sbwertz

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Because of diet restrictions, I make mine with sugar substitutes, so I can't just buy them. I posted the sugar version, but I make mine without sugar. I know about Green Valley, also Sulphur Valley where you can U-Pick apples and peaches. There used to be vineyards around Phoenix where you could U-Pick grapes. I think there are still some around Florence.

My brother in OK has pecan trees and my niece in CA has English Walnut and avocado trees. They keep me well supplied! My brother also has a Kiefer pear tree....it's a canning pear, not an eating pear....when it is fully ripe, it is hard as a rock LOL. But I bring some home with me and cook them and make pear cobbler.
 
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