Now, I am not a football fan, and have never been tailgating, but I still have a pretty good idea about what recipes would work well for tailgating. Remember the stand-by party food, Chex Mix? There are tons of recipes for different kinds of Chex Mix on their website. From savory to sweet and everything in between. This is a great one that I made last year as a Thanksgiving appetizer. But I think it would be great for tailgating. I left it pretty much as it was written, except that I added something fun at the end.
Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups Cinnamon Chex
2 cups Wheat Chex
2 cups Honey Nut Chex
8 oz. pecan halves
2 cups Vanilla Cupcake Grahams Goldfish
In small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on high about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.
Microwave uncovered on high 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Stir in Goldfish. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container.
Makes 16 (½ cup) servings.
Did you notice the little thing I added at the end? The Vanilla Cupcake Graham Goldfish Crackers. I saw them at the store while I was shopping for ingredients for this and I thought they would be really good in it. I was right! They are really cute!
This Chex Mix really does taste like pumpkin pie. This is great for tailgating because you can make it a day ahead, store it in a big air-tight bowl, and then just throw it in the car when you leave for the game. Easy peasy!
Come back on October 5 when we will be sharing Pumpkin Delights with you.