With just a little over three weeks till the Big Football Game, it’s time to get a snack plan in place. Whether you are having a house full of football fanatics or just a couple friends to enjoy the show, snacks are the easiest way to keep your family and friends fueled for the big game.
Luckily I’ve come across a great snack mix in my great grandmother’s recipe box.
Bacon Snack Mix…yep the classic snack mix with a delicious bacon twist.
I personally love bacon. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Supplying your hungry football fans with bacon-y goodness might just get you your own cheering section, especially from the guys in the crowd.
So let’s get cooking before the big game begins.
Begin by cooking one pound of bacon.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a jelly roll pan with foil and lay bacon in a single layer in the pan. If you have a big pan or a couple medium sized pans, you can cook all the bacon at once. Otherwise just cook it one pan at a time until all your bacon is cooked.
Cook bacon for 20 minutes, and remember to flip the bacon half way through the bake so it gets nice and crispy on both sides.
After the bacon is cooked, place the bacon on paper towels to cool down and collect all that bacon grease in a glass measuring cup or jar. There should be about a half cup of grease from a pound of bacon.
Turn down your oven to 200 degrees.
Now it’s time to mix it up. You will need:
- 4 cups of Rice Chex®
- 2 cups of Wheat Chex®
- 2 cups of Kix®
- 2 cups of Cheerios®
- 2 cups of pretzel sticks
Mix it all in a large bowl and set aside.
For the seasoning you will need:
- 1/2 cup (or 2 sticks) of butter
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
Melt the butter and combine with the bacon grease, Worcestershire, and other seasonings in a medium size bowl. Then pour the seasoning mixture over the cereal mix.
Stir it thoroughly so all that bacon-y goodness and seasoning is spread over all the cereal mixture.
Nearly time to start cooking! Grease a large jelly roll pan and pour on the snack mix.
Spread evenly in the pan and cook in the oven for 1 hour. Remember to stir the snack mix every 15 minutes while it’s cooking for an even bake with no burning.
Finally time to add the bacon to the snack mix! Crumble the strips of bacon into snackable sizes and combine with snack mix.
Now you are ready to enjoy the big game! You can make this ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Then bring it to room temperature for the party.
If you are looking for more big game entertaining ideas, just wait till next week when we will be making a great snack display that will wow football fans.
Slow cookers are another great way to serve hot snack foods to hungry guests throughout the day. Heartland America has a slow cooker available right now. Head over there quickly so you don’t miss out on a great deal.
What game day snacks do your fans crave? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
We will see you next week for another big game party idea. Until then, remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.
Disclaimer: Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex®, Kix®, and Cheerios® Cereals are all products of General Mills® and are in no way affiliated with Heartland America.