Kats’ Kitchen

Shredded Wheat Snack Mix December 30, 2014

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoys their New Year.

This snack mix is a salty one, really easy to put together and I love the flavor of it.  Enjoy!

shredded wheat

Shredded Wheat Snack Mix

4 cups shredded wheat cereal (spoon size – I got mine from aldi so not sure if it’s the right sz or not.)

2 cups popped popcorn

1 cup small pretzels

1 cup mixed nuts

1 envelope Italian salad dressing/recipe mix

1/4 cup butter/margarine, melted

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 300.  In a medium-large bowl toss cereal with popcorn, pretzels and nuts.  Sprinkle evenly with salad dressing mix.

Mix butter, Worcestershire sauce & garlic powder.  Drizzle evenly over cereal and toss to coat.  Place on a 10x15x1 inch baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly toasted.  Stir after 15 minutes.

Recipe from Kat’s Kitchen Binder (unsure of where original came from)

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Great Caramel Corn Mix October 26, 2013

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I have a love/hate relationship with snack mixes….as I do with sleep (but that’s another story, we won’t go there right now).  I LOVE snack mixes!  Usually the sweet ones are my fav, but I won’t pass up the salty ones.  I despise snack mixes because it is very very difficult to keep the hands out of the bag/container/bowl once they got their first handful of the stuff.

One of my fav (sweet) snack mix that a good friend of mine introduced me to is the Chex Mix posted on a previous post.  You can find that here, I have made that one a number of times and love it!  Below is another great snack mix, but instead of the sugary/buttery flavor the Chex Mix has, this one is caramely.  I wanted to mentioned one other thing before getting to the recipe, the nice thing about snack mixes is that you can create your own with what you have in the house.  From popcorn to any kind of cereal to pretzels and (small) crackers to any type of peanut, dried fruit, candies, etc. the options are endless!  If you find a great combo, I would love for you to share it with me!

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Great Caramel Corn Mix

10 cups of popcorn

1 cup mini pretzels

1 cup party/cocktail peanuts

1 stick unsalted butter, cut in pieces

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.  Mix the popcorn, prezels and peanuts in large roasting pan.  Set aside.

Microwave the butter in a large microwave safe-bowl until melted, about a minute.  Stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup and microwave until the mixture begins to boil, about 2 minutes.  Carefully stir, then microwave 2 more minutes.

Add the baking soda to the sugar mixture and stir until it begins to foam.  Carefully pour over the popcorn mixture in the roasting pan.

Place the roasting pan in the oven and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.

Recipe adopted from Food Network Magazine

 

Kettle Corn! December 19, 2011

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This was one of those spur of the moment recipes.  It was a Sunday night, hanging out with the fam and my bro, Tyler, waiting for the frozen pizza (yes I do pull out the prepared frozen pizzas occasionally!) to come out of the oven and my bro asks, “Can I have kettle corn?”  I hesitate a moment…and another moment or two, jump on the internet, find a recipe for kettle corn and respond back to him, “If you make it, you can have it.”  And so he went to it, with my help of pulling out the ingredients and supplies.  I will take the blame for the unpopped first batch.  Maybe I took the wrong pan out or told him to pour the kernels in before the oil was ready, so when he stareted the second batch, I SHUT MY MOUTH!  Which is hard for me to do while in the kitchen….SORRY sorry sorry to anyone I have pushed around in the kitchen.  I’m pretty good about keeping my mouth shut anywhere else, BUT the kitchen is my domain :)  So anyway, the second batch of kettle corn turned out beautifully!  Thank you Tyler for this idea, something I have never thought of making myself!

We started out with a recipe from Allrecipes.com and then I jumped onto Savory Sweet Life to get some tips for the second batch.  A few tips from a pro :)  1.  Use a pretty large pot to make room for the popped kernals, with a lid of course (and not a dutch oven).  2.  Heat the oil very hot (400 or so), if you think it’s hot enough, wait another couple minutes (test it by throwing 3 kernels in, when they pop, pour in the sugar, let melt a few seconds and add the remaining kernals.  3.  Shake shake shake!!!

Kettle Corn (I’d suggest reading the tips above before making.)

1/4 cup vegetable oil (can also use butter, shortening, etc.)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat to b/t 300-400 degrees.  Add popcorn and sugar giving it a quick stir and then cover with lid.  Once popcorn starts popping, pick it up and give it a quick shake every few seconds until popping slows down, between 3-4 minutes.  Remove immediately from heat and transfer the popcorn immediatly into a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt, serve and enjoy!

Recipe adopted from Allrecipes.com and Savory Sweet Life

I’d love to hear about your kettle corn experiences, or really any of your baking/cooking experiences!