Quick & Easy Gourmet: Cheesy Popcorn Pretzel Snack Mix
Published: December 17, 2010
Use either light microwave or air-popped corn for this recipe. Other flavors of fish-shaped crackers may be substituted for the Parmesan crackers. The sausage bites or bacon are a delicious, savory addition to the snack mix, but may be omitted.
Photo by John & Tanya Bäck
5 cups popped popcorn
2 cups checkerboard or mini-pretzel twists
1 cup Parmesan-flavored fish-shaped crackers
½ cup deli mini-sausage bites, coarsely chopped, or pre-cooked real bacon bits (optional)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
¾ teaspoon dried basil
¾ teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
➊ Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
➋ Combine popcorn, pretzels, fish-shaped crackers and sausage bites or bacon bits (optional) and spread on a 12x16-inch rimmed baking sheet.
➌ Using a spoon, drizzle melted butter over the mixture.
➍ Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, basil and thyme over the popcorn. Do not stir.
➎ Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until heated.
➏ Remove from oven and stir. Cool in pan and serve.
NOTE: This mix can be stored in an airtight container. If you include the sausage bites or bacon bits, store the snack mix in the refrigerator in an airtight container.