Y’know, growing up, I never liked Chex mix. I didn’t like trail mix either, but at least with trail mix I could pick out the M&M’s. So I deemed trail mix to have one redeeming quality. But since Chex mix didn’t have the courtesy to afford me that option, I basically snubbed it altogether. However… that’s probably because I never tasted Chex mix made with duck fat. Duck fat. Oh yeah, we’re gonna go there.
I’ve had this dish in my oh-my-gosh-that-looks-INSANE-I-have-to-make-it-soon list for a few months, and this week’s Sunday Supper gave me the perfect excuse. Know why? Because this week’s theme is Crunchy Goodness. And if Duck Fat Chex Mix can’t be described as just that, then I simply do not know what can.
Yes it’s crunchy, and yes, it’s goodness. Oh, such goodness. Such delicious, earthy, salty, flavorful, addicting goodness. It’s beyond amazing, really. Duck fat can easily be found at Whole Foods or online, and no, there is not a suitable substitute. Once you try it, you see.
So I must extend a hearty thank you to whoever dreamed up this week’s theme, because it gave me the perfect excuse to make this snack. Be sure to check out the rest of the lovely recipes brought by the #SundaySupper team – I’ve linked to them below. And enjoy this one!
Source: slightly adapted from Tasting Table
½ cup (4 oz.) rendered duck fat, melted
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
½ cup Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup small pretzels
3 fresh thyme sprigs
Preheat the oven to 250 F. in a large mixing bowl, combine the melted duck fat, Worcestershire sauce, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne. Add the cereal and the pretzels, breaking them into pieces if necessary. Gently stir to coat all the cereal mixture with the spiced duck fat. Transfer the mixture to a rimmed baking sheet. Drop the thyme sprigs on top of the cereal mix.
Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the Chex mix is toasted and fragrant, about 1 hour. Remove the pan from the oven and serve warm. (Cooled Chex mix can be rewarmed in the oven at 250 F for about 7 minutes).
Check out the rest of the #SundaySupper links!
Crispy Appetizers:Bitterballen from The Urban Mrs. Caprese Wontons from Jane’s Adventure in Dinner Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites from Curious Cuisiniere Naanchos from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands
Crunchy Entrees and Sides:Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure Flautas de Rajas con Queso (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie German Green Beans from Fast Food to Fresh Food Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie
Munch on Snacks:Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers Pumpkin Spice Granola from Home Cooking Memories Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos Sourdough Grissini from girlichef Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen Sweet Potato Chips from Kudos Kitchen By Renee Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen Vanilla Almonds from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Crisp Dessert:Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good? Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Take A Bite Out Of Boca Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies from Mess Makes Food