Duck Fat Chex Mix + Super Bowl Sunday

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We’re not going to pretend that we are football fans. A true fan would see through our locker room banter in no time …it’s touchdowns not goals right?  Sure we know who’s playing (a husband was asked). The game will definitely be on our television and we’ll catch some of it, but for us, Super Bowl Sunday has always been about the food, the drinks and the company.

We’ve hosted a Super Bowl party or two mostly because it was a fantastic reason to have friends over and be social on a chilly Sunday in February.  There was that year we made all Cajun cuisine (New Orleans was hosting go figure) and that time we put together a huge Indian buffet with Lamb Biriyani, Butter Chicken and Saag Paneer (no reason just had a hankering for a good curry). This Sunday the Patriots and Falcons will face off and for most fans it’s really just a good excuse to eat copious amounts of snacks while washing it down with a 6-pack or two.  Super Bowl Sunday only rivals Thanksgiving for food consumption. Apparently, during the game,  American viewers will eat enough chips to fill 39 Boeing 747’s! Now some fans may endeavour to step up their snacking playbook with a gourmet spread but for the most part all we really crave to tackle our television viewing hunger is chicken wings, a good old 7 layer dip, some salty crunchy snacks and basically all things bacon wrapped.

You don’t need to be a Patriot or a Falcon to win the day with our Duck Fat Chex Mix. Kick off game day with this easy recipe that’s guaranteed to score at your Super Bowl party.  Addictively crunchy, sweet and salty it’s the perfect thing to munch on while you watch the big game.

 

Duck Fat Chex Mix

makes around 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup duck fat
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 -1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder and onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. hot smoked paprika
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Crispex
  • 1 cup Shreddies
  • 2 cups waffle cut pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small saucepan melt the duck fat.
  4. Whisk in the brown sugar, wooster and all the spices.
  5. In a large bowl combine the Rice Chex, Crispex, Shreddies and peanuts.
  6. Drizzle the melted duck fat mixture over top and toss or stir with your hands until everything is combined.
  7. Spread on the baking sheet and place the thyme sprigs on top.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the thyme sprigs and rub them through your fingers to release the some of the leaves. Stir together.
  10. Enjoy with a cold one! Get your snack on.

 Let’s say that for some reason you are not one of 100 million viewers who will be tuning in to watch Super Bowl LI this Sunday. Just a reminder you’ll be missing out on all those commercials and then of course there’s the half time show with Lady Gaga. Perhaps you’d rather be binge watching The Crown on Netflix.  Well you’re in luck, Duck Fat Chex Mix suits all your munching while viewing needs and goes just as well with a cold crisp beer as a martini or a glass of red wine. 

A word of warning….this snack mix is addictive. Portion out what you deem is a suitable serving and hide the rest far back on the top shelf in your pantry….you know the one you need a step stool to reach. This recipe should and can keep in a tight fitted container for about a week. No judgement if it’s all gone by Sunday evening. Let’s just hope you’ve shared with friends. 

 

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