6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon OLD BAY
4 cups corn squares cereal
4 cups rice squares cereal
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cup mini-twist pretzels
2 cups oyster crackers
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Melt butter on the stovetop in a small pan, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and OLD BAY.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the cereals, peanuts, pretzels, and oyster crackers. Carefully pour into an ungreased jelly roll pan.
Drizzle with OLD BAY butter.
Gently stir the cereal mixture in until coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels until cooled. Store in an airtight container up to one week.
Yield: about 12 cups of mix
You guys all know how much I love OLD BAY. Growing up in Baltimore, I don’t think you have a choice. It is in our veins. I’ve posted 43(!) recipes using OLD BAY in everything from classics like crabcakes, crab dip and crab imperial to “popcorn” cauliflower and zucchini pickles. I’m not ashamed to say I buy it in bulk and only once have I actually steamed crabs at home. I just use it in everything!
So when OLD BAY approached me and asked me to develop a recipe to kick off their #OldBayOurWay Instagram contest, obviously I was in.
I thought a lot about what I could make with OLD BAY this time. I wanted something that I could make ahead and that would travel well. We not only have a lot of fun outdoor events planned, we’re road-tripping it to a family wedding this year and clearly we needed to bring a snack to share. Can you believe some of my in-laws claim not to know what OLD BAY is? They might be from NYC but they are going to learn this year!
I love any sort of party mix. I love the mix of textures and flavors from the add-ins and I especially love getting that one piece that is super loaded with flavor. What better flavor than OLD BAY? That’s a trick question, obviously, there isn’t one. It was hard to pick what to mix in but I went pretty classic. I’ve made OLD BAY peanuts before so they were an easy pick and as a nod to the Chesapeake Bay, I used oyster crackers vs cheesy crackers or bagel chips which ended up being a great choice; they are like crunchy pillows! Pretzels are always a welcome addition and I find the mini-twists are less salty than sticks so they are great in party mix.
Make this today and spice up a trip to the beach, a party, a picnic, a cook-out or even a road trip. It lasts about a week in an air-tight container. Just be sure it is 100% cool before you pack it up.
Take a minute, have some OLD BAY and enter their #OldBayOurWay Instagram contest. It’s a summer-long local contest for OLD BAY fans in Baltimore and D.C. to showcase how they’re celebrating summer together with OLD BAY. To enter, upload your favorite moments of summer with OLD BAY, using the hashtag #OldBayOurWay, for a chance to win a season’s supply of OLD BAY seasoning and swag.
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