Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snack Attack

It’s three-thirty in the afternoon and your stomach is growling. It’s snack time! But wait. Don’t tell me you’re planning on hitting up the vending machine? Don’t you know that thing’s full of P.H.O.!? Guard yourself against the temptation of foil-packed trash and drop a bag of homemade snack mix in your bag on your way out the door.
Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but that popular salty mix of pretzels and cereal does in fact contain P.H.O. It’s in the little cracker-y things. So how do we solve this dilemma and still get our snack fix? We make our own mix, of course! And substitute a handful of homemade crackers for those little pieces of salty dry wall. It's super simple, really. Ready? Let's go!
Snack Attack (original recipe can be found here)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic-chili sauce (recommended: Sriracha)
½ teaspoon garlic, grated
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (cut back for a little less heat!)
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups rice cereal squares
1 cup cornflakes
2/3 cups crackers, broken into small pieces (find the recipe here)
½ cup unsalted nuts, such as peanuts, sliced almonds, or pepitas
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Whisk first seven ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine—be careful not to crush your mixture into crumbs! Spread on a baking sheet and bake, stirring often, until golden, about 30 minutes.
And there you have it! A homemade snack to satisfy your salty cravings, without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
Until next time!

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