So it’s Wednesday. It has been 3 days since the emotional roller coaster that was the NFC Championship game and I’m still thinking about it. Even if you’re not living in a Seahawks home like moi, you’ve got to admit that that was one heck of a game. I sat on the couch cringing at every turnover, thinking there was no way we were going to get our chance at a repeat Super Bowl. Then the last 3 minutes happened. Suddenly, one great play, then another, then some luck, then a couple more great plays and suddenly after being down for most of the game, the Seahawks were on their way to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. YAHOO!
Speaking of Super Bowl, whether or not my team is playing, I always like to throw a little party. And by little party I mean lots o’ food.
Every year I whip up my favorites Caramelized French Onion Dip, Jalapeno Cream Cheese Wontons and Garlic Pepper Chicken Wings. And each year I also like to test out some new recipes to share with you and add some variety to my own game day spread.
This year I decided to try my hand at making a snack mix. Ryan adores any kind of snack mix so I knew it would be a hit in our home. I used some of our favorites that we usually have on hand: pretzels, peanuts, cheese crackers and rice cereal.
Next up I had to try to think of a seasoning that I wanted to coat it all in. Now, I don’t know about you, but there is just something about the Super Bowl that screams spicy. For that reason, and the fact that Buffalo wings dipped in ranch are also a Super Bowl favorite around these parts, I decided to make this a Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix using butter, Frank’s Red Hot, garlic and dill. And you guys, it. is. awesome.
It’s crispy. It’s crunchy. It’s salty and spicy. It is everything a good snack mix should be. It is also beyond easy to make which makes it perfect for game day.
Buffalo Ranch Snack MixPrint Recipe
- 4 cups Chex rice cereal
- 3 cups cheese crackers
- 3 cups mini pretzels
- 1 cup shelled salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Combine rice cereal, crackers, pretzels and peanuts together in a large bowl.
Heat hot sauce and butter in a small pan over medium heat until butter melts. Once melted whisk in dill, parsley and garlic. Pour hot sauce mixture over cereal mix. Toss until every thing is coated.
Spread mix onto a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour stirring about every 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container.