I’m having so much fun with Savvy Game Night! The third review goes up tomorrow, and these weekly reviews mean that I have no excuse to not play board games on a regular basis. Dan and I have been swapping out TV time for game time on a lot of our weeknights, and having new and old friends over on the weekends for game nights.
Since at least 3/4 of the social events we host at our house are game nights, I’ve been on the search for new dishes I can serve that are board game friendly. The requirements:
1. The food can’t be too messy – we don’t want to risk getting crumbs or sauce all over the pieces and cards.
2. They must be able to be eaten in small bites (no juggling to put your slider down so you can take your turn) or by the handful, so you can eat while you wait for your turn to come back around.
3. They must fit on small plates or in a bowl, so you don’t have to clear room on the game table for the dishes.
By far one of the easiest snacks to serve is homemade snack mix. It meets all of the requirements, and can be made in a big batch so that there’s plenty for everyone, even if you have a big group or two game nights back-to-back. Plus, the leftovers are easy to take to the office (in Dan’s case) or to eat at a desk while working (my situation).
I was getting a little bored with the standard Chex mix seasoning, so I decided to spice it up, literally, and make a buffalo version. It adds a lot of flavor, without a lot of mess. It is definitely a winner!
This snack mix recipe is very flexible. Don't want to buy 3 kinds of cereal? Feel free to just use two, and increase their amounts. Allergic to nuts? You can skip them! As long as you make sure the total amount of dried pieces (cereal, nuts, pretzels and crackers) is still 12 cups, you can modify as you please.
- 4 cups corn Chex cereal
- 3 cups rice Chex cereal
- 2 cups wheat Chex cereal
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup sourdough pretzel nuggets
- 1 cup cheddar crackers
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 250F.
- Pour the cereals, nuts, pretzels and crackers into a large roasting pan.
- Whisk the butter, buffalo sauce, salt, paprika and garlic together, then drizzle the sauce all over the cereal. Gently stir so that all the pieces are coated.
- Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Line 2 or 3 wire cooling racks with paper towels. Pour the snack mix onto the paper towels and spread them in an even layer to cool.
Make Ahead and Storage
Store snack mix in an airtight container for up to 10 days.