Portobello Hummus

It’s been far too long since I’ve brought you a homemade hummus recipe.

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So today we’re changing that! This Portobello Hummus will make any hummus hater do a complete 180 (true story) and want to eat chow down on this healthy snack nonstop.


But first, how was your weekend? This was the second weekend in a row we stayed in town (shocker, I know) and I have to say we’re kind of getting in the groove of this whole relaxing and having no plans thing. We did have a couple of fun activities up our sleeve, though. If you were following along on my Insta stories, you probably saw that we took a little road trip out to Ojai for a friends’ birthday party at Topa Mountain Winery. We always have a blast spending time in the quiet little mountain town. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara and is literally just 45 minutes away.

Other than that, I had a work meeting on Sunday and we literally just relaxed, which was amazzzzing. After a year of wedding planning, wedding-related activities, starting my own business and tons of travel, I’ve realized I almost forgot what relaxing is! I’m soaking it all in while I can because who knows how long this will last 😉

One other thing we did this weekend was eat a TON of this Portobello Hummus. I mean, we’re talking two of my favorite things coming together in one healthy snack. What could be better?

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If you’ve been reading the blog for any significant amount of time, you’ll know that I’m no stranger to fun flavor combos in my hummus. During the fall pumpkin season, I love whipping up this perfectly spiced Pumpkin Curry Hummus. Once we get into the warmer weather months, I tend to make this zesty Mango Sriracha Hummus. But my go-to year-round flavor has always been this Roasted Cauliflower Hummus with Rosemary and Garlic. Until now, that is! With the addition of this tasty Portobello Hummus, I now have TWO all-weather hummus flavors up my sleeve to whip up at a moment’s notice. And so do you!

So here’s the trick with this hearty, savory Portobello Hummus: You’ve GOT to saute the Portobello mushrooms in a luxurious bath of olive oil, salt and pepper before adding them to the white bean mixture. This gives the hummus a much deeper, more intense flavor than if you were to just add raw Portobellos to the mix.

It also gives the hummus an incredibly silky texture, which is part of the reason my sister-in-law’s dad was found dipping his carrot sticks in it when he is an alleged hummus-hater. He claimed that he usually doesn’t like hummus because it is “gritty,” but he said this was nice and smooth and full of flavor. I think I may have made a convert out of him!

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[It is worth noting that I also used Great Northern beans instead of the usual garbanzo beans in this recipe, which could have been another contributing factor to the consistency of the dip.]

The other keys to this tasty, creamy spread are what have come to be my go-to’s for almost any homemade hummus I make – fresh garlic and rosemary!  I seriously don’t know what it is, but these two ingredients are natural compliments to the white beans and tahini and make a WORLD of a difference in almost all of the hummus I’ve made.

Aside from the key ingredients I mentioned above, all you’ll need to make this delicious Portobello Hummus is some olive oil, lemon juice and the requisite tahini. Oh, and some salt and pepper (always) and a food processor or high-powered blender. That’s it!

What I love about homemade hummus is that it’s such an easy, healthy snack to whip up in no time at all, and most of the ingredients are things you’ll already have on hand in your pantry. In just as much time as it takes to go to the store and buy some big brand hummus with who knows how many ingredients, you can mix up a batch of Portobello Hummus where you have complete control over what goes into it.

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That looks like the perfect weekday treat if I’ve ever seen one!

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Portobello Hummus
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

The ever-popular hummus gets a huge flavor boost from sauteed Portobello mushrooms and fresh garlic and rosemary. The perfect healthy snack!

Course: Snack
Servings: 2 cups
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium Portobello mushrooms, diced
  • 1 15-ounce can Great Northern white beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add diced Portobello mushrooms and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Saute mushrooms until soft and fragrant. Turn off heat.

  2. Combine beans, garlic, rosemary, tahini and lemon juice in a food processor. Add sautéed Portobello mushrooms and pulse until mixture begins to break down. With food processor on, slowly stream in remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Continue pureeing until hummus is smooth. 

  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers, pita chips or fresh cut veggies. 

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Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers: Two Ways!

I’m about to blow your mind.

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Because today I’m bringing you a super easy recipe for Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers, and starting you out with two flavor combinations that will make you never want to use store-bought crackers ever again. That’s right, I’m taking your cheese and charcuterie platters to a whole new level.


Do you ever fantasize about being a domestic goddess that has her world super together and the energy to make all her foods from scratch? I sure do. When I was working a 9-to-5 desk job, I’d often sit there are think “When I quit my job and work for myself full time, I’ll make homemade bread and homemade energy bars and homemade fruit snacks…” or, “When I have kids, I’ll make all their food from scratch and sneak in all the veggies and superfoods and they’ll love it and will eat everything I give them” (ha!) You get the idea.

Now that I AM working for myself, I’ve had a bit more time to work on this “food from scratch” idea, but it’s been a bit of a slow process. I’ve been making more yeasted breads, overnight breakfast pastries and homemade ice creams, and I must admit they’ve all been so much better than the store-bought versions, but I still find myself taking the “easy out” more often than not. But having checked quite a few of these “To Conquer” items off of my list, I decided it was finally time to tackle one essential that we ALWAYS have on hand because of our deep love for all things cheese and charcuterie – homemade crackers!

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This actually wasn’t the first time I’ve made homemade crackers. Back in December, I made a few batches of Molly Yeh’s Slice and Bake Cheese Crackers to take to our parents’ houses for the holidays, which were a huge hit. But as much as I loved those (because, CHEESE) I wanted to come up with a cracker recipe that could pair with ANY type of cheese (or meat, or fruit spread, etc.)

My initial internet research led me to this article from TheKitchn: “How to Make Crackers at Home,” and I used this along with a couple other bloggers’ recipes for inspiration in making my own version of Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers.

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And let’s talk about the whole “Two Ways” thing, because it may just be the best part of this recipe! Yes, I wanted my crackers to pair well with all cheeses, but that doesn’t mean we can’t jazz them up a bit! I chose two flavors that I felt would really compliment most (if not all) types of cheese – hard or soft, stinky or sharp.

I laced my first batch of cracker dough with chopped fresh rosemary, then topped the crackers with Maldon sea salt. Yum!!

I left the second batch of dough plain, but then topped the finished crackers with my new favorite product from Trader Joe’s – Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend! Seriously, if you have a TJ’s anywhere near you, I highly recommend you go out and grab a jar of this right away. (It’s also a new favorite of mine for jazzing up avocado toast!) If you don’t have a TJ’s near you, you can hit up Amazon, or TheKitchn’s got you covered yet again with this article on How To Make Everything Bagel Spice. Even if you have to make your own, it is soooo worth having on hand.

The process of making this Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers is as easy (if not easier) than making a batch of cookies. Once you have the technique down, you’ll be pumping out dozens of crackers in under an hour. So worth making for your next party!

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The one thing I will say about this recipe is that, unlike store-bought crackers that are usually pumped full of preservatives, these crackers won’t keep for weeks on end. I highly recommend eating them within a couple of days of making them, or they may get a little chewy. This will also happen if your cracker dough is too thick when you cut it. Really make sure it’s thin enough so you get that fantastic crisp!

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And with these pointers, I leave you with the recipe(s). I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

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Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers: Two Ways!
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A simple homemade whole wheat cracker recipe with two flavor-filled variations - Rosemary Sea Salt and Everything Bagel!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
For the Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Maldon sea salt
For the Everything Bagel Crackers:
  • Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend OR
  • Homemade Everything Bagel Spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt and rosemary (if using.) Add the oil and milk.

  3. Divide the dough in half so it’s easier to work with. Take the first half of the dough and roll it out to about 1/8-inch thickness on a floured surface or another sheet of parchment paper. 

  4. Using a 2-inch round culinary ring or cookie cutter, cut out the crackers. Gather and re-roll dough as needed until you have cut as many circles as you can.

  5. Brush crackers lightly with water using a pastry brush and add toppings (sea salt or Everything Bagel Seasoning.) Place crackers on prepared baking sheet (they don’t have to be too far apart, they won’t spread too much) and bake in 450-degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until crackers are just golden. 

  6. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before transferring to a resealable container or plastic bag for storage. For best results, enjoy within a couple of days.

Recipe Notes

Head to TheKitchn to learn How to Make Everything Bagel Spice.

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Creamed Curried Spinach with Bacon Naan

Sometimes I just don’t know how I come up with certain things.

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Take this Creamed Curried Spinach with Bacon Naan, for example. I suppose it’s not too surprising that I paired a creamy, vegetable-laden, curry-laced dip with everyone’s favorite Indian carb, but I’m not too sure adding chunks of bacon to the bread is really staying in line with the traditional flavors of that culture. Oh well, that’s what cooking is all about, right? Taking already established, delicious dishes and turning them into your own?


And let me tell you a little story about bacon, and why I feel compelled to add it to just about everything I cook these days (in small amounts, that is.) You see, one of my hubby’s best friends has a family hook up with a local butcher in the Bay Area, and for my hubby’s bachelor party he literally brought all. the. meat. We’re talking tomahawk steaks, ham steaks, sausages and, of course, bacon. It was LITERALLY a sausage fest. My hubs came back raving about this bacon, and the next time we were up visiting his friend we snagged a small pack to bring home with us.

Fast forward a few months, to Christmastime, and we had mentioned to his friend that we were due for a replenishment of our bacon stock. We show up to his parents’ house on Christmas Day, and he literally goes into the garage and comes back with a 15-POUND box of this bacon for us.  So we’re basically set with bacon for life, or at least for the foreseeable future. Thank goodness for plenty of freezer space!

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Needless to say, we always have some on hand so I couldn’t help but add a little bit to the naan I was making for this Creamed Curried Spinach. (I must also mention that I was partially inspired by our favorite little spot in Napa, Model Bakery, and the bacon bread that’s regularly part of their daily homemade bread selection.) Let me tell you, the end result is nothing short of spectacular. I adapted the naan recipe from this one I found on Girl Versus Dough, basically just adding in the bacon and using my stovetop griddle instead of the gas grill outside. The end result is a chewy and moist naan that holds up extremely well to the whole dipping and scooping up the creamed spinach process, yet melts in your mouth save for the slight salty crunch of the bacon. Delish.

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So now that we’ve talked about the bacon naan, I’ve also GOT to tell you about this Creamed Curried Spinach because it is out of this world. First of all, this part of the dish is completely vegan. Do you believe it? Well, if I told you I used my trusty cashew cream as a base I bet you would. Seriously, I don’t think there’s any sort of cream sauce that vegan sub can’t stand up to. So, if you’re vegan, I strongly urge you to give this a shot, and simply find (or make) some sort of substitute for the bacon naan.

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Okay, back to our Creamed Curried Spinach with Bacon Naan. When making the cashew cream this time around, I simply added a hefty dose of curry powder instead of nutritional yeast. I then stirred it into some wilted onions, garlic, and spinach, and fancied it up with some fresh cherry tomatoes and a dash of red pepper flakes. The result was so creamy and bursting with flavor, I really am giddy with excitement for you to try this.

All glowing reviews aside, I do realize that Creamed Curried Spinach with Bacon Naan is not the most photogenic, but PLEASE do not let that stop you. You will be incredibly sorry if you do. Most Indian food involves dipping into a blurry blend of exotic herbs, spices and sauces without silverware, and this is no exception. Use your bacon naan as your spoon and really get in there and shovel some hefty scoops straight into your mouth. I’m pretty sure once you start eating this you’re not going to be able to stop, so get after it!

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Creamed Curried Spinach with Bacon Naan
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
2 hr 30 mins
 

A vegan, Indian-inspired curried spinach dish is accompanied by homemade naan studded with crunchy, salty bits of bacon. 

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the bacon naan:
  • 3/4 cup water, bathtub temperature (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 3/4 cup milk, bathtub temperature (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, chopped
For the creamed curried spinach:
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours (or up to overnight)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 small sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 8-ounce bag fresh spinach
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. First, make the naan. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the water, milk, yeast and salt. Next, add the Greek yogurt and honey, then slowly stir in the flour. Before the mixture gets too thick, stir in the chopped bacon and continue stirring until all ingredients are combined and a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place, away from drafts, for about two hours or until doubled in size. 

  2. With lightly floured hands, punch down the dough and divide into six even pieces. (The dough will be quite sticky, so just keep adding enough flour until you can handle it without all of it sticking to your fingers.) 

  3. Heat a griddle over medium heat on the stove. Spray with nonstick spray (I used coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s.) Using your hands, form each piece of dough into a flat, oval shape that’s about 1/4-inch thick. Place the dough (working in batches) on the griddle and cook for about 3 minutes each side, until it becomes slightly charred and feels like it’s been cooked through. If your naan seems to puff up a lot when it’s cooking on its first side, simply flip it once that side’s done and then press down with the back of a spatula while it’s cooking on its second side. This will help it spread out more and cook more evenly.

  4. Remove cooked naan from griddle and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.

  5. Next, make the curried cashew cream. Drain the cashews from their soaking water and add to a high-powered blender with the curry powder, ½ teaspoon salt and filtered water. Puree until a creamy sauce forms, adding a tad more water if needed. Measure out two cups of the cashew cream and reserve the rest for another use.

  6. In a large saute pan, melt the coconut oil. Add the garlic and onion and saute until fragrant and translucent, about 3-5 minutes on medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add about 1/3 of the fresh spinach to the pan, stirring until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the tomatoes. Next, add about 1/3 of the curried cashew cream. Continue this process two more times, until you’ve used up all of the spinach and the whole two cups of the curried cashew cream. 

  7. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Simmer on low until ready to serve. Serve with bacon naan. No utensils required!

Recipe Notes

The Bacon Naan recipe was adapted from the No-Knead Grilled Naan recipe on Girls Versus Dough.

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Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets

Little pockets of deliciousness, that’s what we’re talking about today.

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You already know that here at CaliGirl Cooking we’re all about that balance, and today is no exception. I’m bringing you an easy, mouthwatering recipe for Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets. You may never want to make regular chicken pot pie ever again.


I made these last week and we enjoyed them in oh so many ways: as a snack, dipped in tomato soup, or even as a full-on dinner. The beauty of Healthier Chicken Pot Pie (especially in handheld form) is that you can really enjoy it anytime, anywhere. Come to think of it, this would even make a perfectly suitable food to pack for a picnic!

We’re well into the third week of January right now, and I know there are many of you out there who are probably bending under the pressure of all of those New Year’s resolutions you made. They say it takes up to 30 days to form a new habit, so hang in there! You’re more than halfway and I have all the faith in you that you can stick it out.

The good news is, you can still enjoy these Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets, even if you’re trying to incorporate more whole foods into your diet (and less junk!)

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Now, I’m not going to lie and say that these are THE healthiest version of chicken pot pie you’ve ever had, but you should know by now that I am not about giving up ALL of the delicious flavor in a recipe when I make it over. Balance, balance, balance! No restrictions, just trying to make slightly healthier decisions whenever we can.

So, how, I bet you’re wondering, do we make these pockets “healthier” than your average chicken pot pie? The main change I’ve made to the original recipe is using my OG cashew cream in place of the typical heavy white sauce the binds all of the fillings together. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, cashew cream is pretty much a magical healthier alternative to any cream sauce you’ve ever made. You first saw me use it on my Sweet Potato Toast with Broccoli Rabe, Tomato and Cashew Cream, then again on my Spicy Stuffed Pasilla Peppers with Cashew Cream Sauce, and once again in my Curry Gnocchi with White Lamb Bolognese. I think it’s going to be a very rare occasion that I ever make a REAL cream sauce again. Once you try these Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets, I bet you’ll be in the same boat as me!

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With a little planning, these pockets come together in no time at all. I made the pastry dough the day before (using the crust recipe I used in this Cream Cheese-y Pumpkin Pie,) soaked my cashews for the cream sauce overnight, and whipped up the sauce in my Vitamix in the morning. I also simply used some grilled chicken breasts I already had in the refrigerator (something everyone should meal prep every week!) After you have the dough and cashew cream sauce made, and the cooked chicken breast on hand, you’ll spend 15 minutes max whipping together the pot pie filling, and 25-30 minutes baking the pockets. No sweat.

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Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets | CaliGirlCooking.com

Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets | CaliGirlCooking.com

These Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets are not only incredibly versatile in how they can be enjoyed, they also reheat incredibly well. We enjoyed them over a course of a few days and they tasted fantastic every single time we reheated them.

So that’s the deal! That’s how we make tasty, tummy-warming Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets that are the perfect comfort food for this time of year but will still keep us on track with all of our New Year’s goals. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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Healthier Chicken Pot Pie Pockets
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

These little bites of heaven take the old-school classic chicken pot pie and turn it into a healthier, handheld form. All of the indulgence and less of the guilt!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons water
For the cashew cream:
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in filtered water for at least 4 hours
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium cooked chicken breast, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the dough. Combine all dough ingredients in a large mixing bowl and, using fingers, incorporate until dough begins to come together (it will still be slightly crumbly.) Using hands, form dough into a ball and then flatten slightly into a disc. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

  2. Next, prepare the cashew cream. Drain soaking water from the cashews and place in a high-powered blender. Add filtered water, nutritional yeast and salt and blend on high until a smooth cream forms. Set aside.

  3. Now, time to prepare the filling. In a large saute pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes, until they start to become translucent. Add the carrot, celery and garlic and saute for another 5-10 minutes, until vegetables begin to soften. Add the frozen peas and chicken breast, and then the cashew cream. Stir to combine and continue to cook until mixture is warmed through. Turn heat down to low and move on to prepping the dough.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.

  5. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. You may need to let it warm up to room temperature a bit before you can roll it out. Once the dough is soft, roll it out to about ½ inch thickness. Using a large circle cookie cutter (I actually used a large ramekin since I didn’t have a large enough cookie cutter,) cut the dough into circles that are about 7-8 inches in diameter.

  6. Scoop about two tablespoons of filling onto one half of each of the circles, and then fold the other half over top. Use your fingers to pinch the dough up around the edge and seal. Place pockets on the prepared baking sheet. 

  7. In a small bowl, whisk the egg to make the egg wash. Brush the wash over each of the pockets, then cut a small slit in the top of each to allow the filling to vent during cooking. 

  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pockets are a nice golden-brown color. Serve warm.

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Little bites of heaven right here!

All-Dressed Party Mix

Where are all my Canadian/Canada-loving readers??

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If you live up in our northern neighbor country or have visited there for any significant period of time, then I bet you’re no stranger to the “all-dressed” phenomenon. I had never heard of it until my trip to Quebec City a couple of weeks ago, when my flight attendant friend and I were browsing through a convenience store for some hotel room snacks and she informed me that the “All-Dressed” flavor of chips was a “thing” in Canada. How did she describe it to me? “It’s like a shmorgasborg of a ton of different chip flavors.” What can I say, I was intrigued so we grabbed a bag to enjoy with a nice frost local beer in our room before dinner.


The two words I would use to describe those All-Dressed chips are “deliciously interesting.” They’re just one of those things that you can’t quite figure out. You’re not quite sure why they taste so delicious, they just do. I immediately knew I wanted to bring this idea back to my homeland, and this All-Dressed Party Mix is the super-tasty result!

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Now, I know I still owe you my Travel Diaries post for Quebec City, but I just couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you. It is, after all, the perfect snack to have on hand as you’re drinking bubbles and counting down the minutes until midnight on NYE. Did I mention that it’s all made in just three hours in the slow cooker? If you ask me, there’s no better way to make an addictively delicious snack when you’re entertaining a crowd.

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, tell me, what are your plans? I am a bridesmaid in a dear high school friend’s wedding that night, so the hubs and I will be celebrating with her and dancing the night away in Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, that means we won’t be able to chow down on All-Dressed Party Mix all night, but you can bet we’ll be packing some Ziplocs full for our trip up to Tahoe the next day!

That’s right, we’re headed to Tahoe with both of our parents on New Year’s Day and we couldn’t be more excited. The past couple of times we’ve been there we’ve JUST missed the snow, so this time we wanted to be sure we made it up there while there was still fresh powder on the ground. The weather report is looking good for that so far!

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So, let’s get back to this All-Dressed Party Mix. After a little bit of Internet research, I discovered that the “all-dressed” seasoning actually DID consist of a little bit of everything. We’re talking BBQ sauce, ketchup, sour cream and onion AND salt and vinegar. Wowza. No wonder I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on when I first tasted it!

I decided to make my All-Dressed Party Mix a riff on the classic Chex mix after my friend and I grabbed a bag of All-Dressed Snack Mix later in our trip that we were quite disappointed in. I told her I bet I could make a better version and, boy, did I deliver! I’m such a good friend. Jo, this one’s for you!

If you’re big into the food blog world, then you’ve probably stumbled across my gal Ali’s recipe for Slow Cooker Chex Mix on her blog, Gimme Some Oven. I used her recipe for inspiration, and simply mixed up the “sauce” recipe by omitting the Worcestershire and instead adding in BBQ sauce, ketchup, vinegar and onion powder to coat the cereals and nuts. I used a combination of Wheat, Corn and Rice Chex, but you can really use any combination you want. I also added in some pretzel sticks, and used peanuts and pecans for the nuts but, again, these are all substitutable depending on your personal tastes (or what you have in your pantry.)

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Once you have all of your ingredients, the rest of this All-Dressed Party Mix recipe is SUPER easy. Simply dump all of your cereals, nuts, etc. into your slow cooker, mix up your dressing, and pour it on. After giving the mixture a good stir, all that’s left is to turn the slow cooker on low for three hours and give the mixture a stir every once in a while. Once that’s done, you’ll need to spread the mix out and let it cool a bit, then you’re good to go!

Bowls and bowls of deliciousness ready to snack on all through a long night of festivities and watching the clock countdown to midnight. Now who’s bringing the bubbly??

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All-Dressed Party Mix
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 mins
 

Traditional Chex mix gets a makeover with one of Canada's favorite seasoning combinations - BBQ sauce, ketchup, onion and vinegar come together to make this totally addictive party mix!

Course: Snack
Servings: 12 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 9 cups various Chex cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine Chex cereal, pretzel sticks and nuts in your slow cooker.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, BBQ sauce, ketchup, salt, onion powder and vinegar. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.

  3. Turn slow cooker on low for three hours. Stir mixture a few times throughout the cooking process so that the mix on the bottom doesn’t burn.

  4. Pour party mix onto a large cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Let cool for about 30 minutes and then serve, or store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to two weeks.

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