Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Derby Week : Bourbon Chex Mix

One of my favorite Derby traditions is making Bourbon Chex Mix. I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago while googling "Kentucky Derby Party" and many other "Kentucky" and "Derby" variations.

After seeing HOW EASY this recipe was, I knew I was going to be hooked. In fact, my cousin asked me for the recipe a few Christmas' ago and I nearly didn't give it to her. It's so easy, so delicious but makes it look like you slaved for much longer than 30 minutes. Needless to say, I gave her the recipe but have continued to guard it very closely.
Bourbon, Bacon goodness after being pulled from the oven!

I make this little bourbon concoction for Christmas, New Years, Derby... nearly any party where a crowd will be! Pillsbury is the one responsible for creating this recipe. I tweak mine just a tad, but love their version also! See Pillsbury's recipe here.

This is a super easy recipe to make when you are feeling a bit 'festive' but don't want the hassle of all the other southern fixins.  Enjoy!

Bourbon Chex Mix

 Total time

Serves: 20 (1/2 cup each)

  • 1 bag (15 oz) Chex Mix or Kroger Brand Snack Mix
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped/halved/pieces)
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheese crackers
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp (or more) Bourbon
  • 3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper
  1. Heat oven to 300, line two cookie sheets with foil.
  2. In large mixing bowl combine: chex mix, pecans and bacon
  3. In saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat. Stir once in a while, and watch for bubbles to form along edges of pan. When it does, set your timer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in 2 tbsp (or more) Bourbon and chili powder. I always eyeball the bourbon!
  5. Pour over snack mix and gently stir until completely coated.
  6. Pour snack mix onto cookie sheets, bake for a total of 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes to coat all cereal mix. 
  7. Cool completely, about 45 minutes to an hour, then break into pieces!
Store in refrigerator

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