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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gluten-Free Party Mix

When it's holiday time, it's time for Party Mix.  It just wouldn't be right if I had a gathering and there was no Party Mix for guests (or myself!) to enjoy.  When I first found out I was gluten intolerant, I was really upset about not being able to have one of my favorite holiday treats.  Then I figured out a way to make it, with a few slight modifications.  Any of you who have been to any of my parties know I make a great Party Mix.  It's a fan favorite, and a frequently requested recipe, but I've never written it down before.  The recipe only existed in my head.  Here you go!

You'll need to preheat your oven to 250.  While it's preheating, get two 9x13 baking pans and put 3 tablespoons of butter (or butter substitute) into each pan and place them into the oven to melt the butter.

Once the butter is melted, remove the pans from the oven with an oven mitt and add the following to each pan:

  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder

Mix everything together well in the pan, so it's all combined and evenly spread out in the pan.

Next add the following to each pan:

  • 3 cups of of rice Chex
  • 2 cups of gluten-free pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (sometimes I add an extra cup of nuts to each pan, if I have enough)

Again, mix everything together very well in each pan, making sure to coat all of the ingredients well with the seasoning.

Once combined, put into the oven for 15 minutes.  Stir each pan and repeat three more times for 15 minute increments of baking and then stirring, for a total time in the oven of 1 hour.  When done, lay out paper towels on the counter and spread the hot mixture on the towels to cool.  When done, store in an airtight container.  I find it always tastes best if I make the Party Mix at least a day or two before eating, so the flavors really have time to develop.

Enjoy and happy holidays!