Written By:  Amanda – At the Red Table

The Super Bowl is only a few weeks away, and it’s never too early to start planning your menu. Whether you’re hosting a large group to watch the game or simply hanging out at home in your sweatpants, it’s always a treat to have a few fun foods to munch on while cheering on your favorite team.

This snack mix was an unexpectedly delicious surprise found in the latest issue of our Hy-Vee grocery store magazine called “Seasons.” The picture alone made my mouth drool — a snack mix chock full of corn cereal, preztels, oyster crackers and cheese curls! When I saw that the ingredient list included some spicy hot pepper sauce and Cajun seasoning, I knew this was a recipe I was going to make ASAP.

Even if you don’t plan to watch the big game, this is still a great little mix for lunches or snacks anytime. It’s easy to throw together, feeds a crowd, and the salty, spicy kick can’t be beat.

Super Bowl Snack Mix

lightly adapted from Hy-Vee Seasons magazine

4 cups crunchy-style cheese curls

2 cups corn Chex

2 cups baguette or bagel chips

2 cups plain oyster crackers

2 cups pretzel rods or rings

2 cups shoestring potatoes

10 T butter, melted

2 T Worcestershire sauce

4 tsp Cajun or creole seasoning

2 tsp hot pepper sauce

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Make sure the oven racks are in the top 1/3 and bottom 1/3 of the oven. Coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. Melt the butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Then add the Worcestershire, creole seasoning and hot pepper sauce and whisk to combine. Throw together the rest of the ingredients in a very large bowl. Pour on the butter mixture and stir to coat well. Spread in even layers on the baking sheets. Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Rotate baking sheets about halfway through the baking time. Store in an airtight container.

Amanda Sullivan

Hailing from Omaha, Amanda Sullivan is a rookie mom, a pretty swell wife (she confirmed this with her husband), a dedicated marketing and communications professional and an avid latte drinker. She writes about her new gig as a mother and offers up the occasional recipe when she's not changing diapers and falling asleep at 8:00 p.m.