During my pregnancy, I haven't had too many cravings. I want a lot of cold juicy foods such as popsicles or frozen strawberries, and I seem to want more fruit than anything. However, the other night as I watched tv and spotted my first Christmas commercial, I began to think of the yummy festive food that comes with the season. My aunts Nuts & Bolts came to mind and I immediately thought 'Oh I can't wait for that!'. Then as I sat there, I began to think....what AM I waiting for? I can eat Nuts & Bolts whenever I want! I'm pregnant for crying out loud...eat! I dug out the recipe the next day and prepared to make a batch.
This is one tasty snack so I will be happy to share it with you! I like to alter it here and there so I can have more of the stuff I love and take out the stuff that always seems to be left in the bottom of the bowl. Please feel free to do the same.
Nuts & Bolts
Preheat oven to 200 degrees
In a large roasting pan, mix:
4 cups Cheerios
3 cups Chex (corn or rice)
2 cups pretzel sticks
2 cups mixed nuts (I prefer just almonds)
1 1/2 cups cashews
2 cups Cheese Bits
Sesame sticks (if you would like, I never have added them)
Mix in a separate bowl:
1 package of onion soup mix, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1tsp onion salt, 1 tbs worcestershire
Melt and add 1 3/4 cup butter
Stir and pour over the the cereal and nut mixture.
Cover and bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and bake for another hour, stirring occasionally. Additional baking time may be required, depending on the size of your roasting pan - you can tell if everything is nice and crunchy.