Holiday Season. Hunting Season. Scrabble Season.

It's Thanksgiving weekend!  It's Duck Hunting Season!  Both causes for joy growing up in the Fisher household.  As I got giddy over Turkey Day and all of the holiday festivities to come,  dad got giddy over Duck Season Opening Day and all of the long awaited hunting, grilling, guys being guys weekends to come.

To this day, thinking of the Fall Holiday Season makes me think about Hunting Season which makes me think about Holiday cooking & baking season, which then quickly gets me thinking about a Fisher Family tradition and favorite - our Seasonal Scrabble.  It was something my dad's dad used to make and now it is something my dad makes every Thanksgiving and Christmas, leaving at least one batch at home while he packages up another two batches and takes them with him to the Duck Club.  While I'm pretty sure the recipe might have originated off the back of a Chex box, I like to think that it has been carefully perfected over years and years to this deliciously addicting Scrabble Mix that we pull out at parties, package as gifts for friends and families, and that I, now living in Dallas, sometimes happily receive in the mail.  It's so simple and the prep time is quick.  You just have to be around to stir it every 15 minutes as it roasts in the oven for an hour (perfect for when you have other things to do around the house).  I loved it as a kid and I still love it today.  Adults love it, kids love it, and, together, both groups can make it!  Plus, it's so versatile - it can be used for parties, taken on road trips, or packaged for work snacks or school snacks.  Take your pick!  I'm sure many people out there have some version of this that they have tasted or that they make themselves.  But this is my family's mix, complete with memories, laughs, and celebrations, and one that I want to share with you.

So here you go... my family Seasonal Scrabble recipe.  

Happy Holidays & Happy Fueling!

Taylor

 

SEASONAL SCRABBLE

[Makes about 16 cups of scrabble]

ingredients:

  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • 2 cups Rold Gold tiny pretzel twists
  • 12 oz. shelled pecan halves (or 3 cups cheddar Goldfish if no nuts preferred) - see note at bottom for altered instructions for a nut-free version
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (or canola oil, if substitution desired)
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Season All
  • 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
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directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix pecans with the 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce until lightly coated and set aside.**
  3. In a large roasting pan incorporate all of the cereals and pretzels until well mixed.
  4. Add in the seasoned pecans to the cereal pretzel mixture and toss until all ingredients are well incorporated.**
  5. In a small saucepan over medium - low heat, melt the butter and, as the butter melts, whisk in the 2 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, Season All, garlic powder, and onion powder until sauce is smooth and no lumps are present.
  6. Remove saucepan from the heat and, in 3 stages, pour sauce over the cereal mixture, mixing well to coat the dry ingredients after each pour.
  7. Place roasting pan in the preheated oven and bake for one hour, stirring the mixture well with a spatula or large spoon every fifteen minutes.
  8. Remove Scrabble from the oven and let sit, stirring occasionally as it cools.
  9. This Scrabble is best if stored in airtight containers like a gallon Ziplock baggie.  Can also be portioned out into smaller snack size baggies for quick snacks on the go.

Note:  With this Scrabble, it's actually best after resting for at least an hour or two (or a day or two!) as this resting time really brings out the flavors.

**If substituting Goldfish for the nuts, eliminate steps 2 and 4, and incorporate the Goldfish with the reset of the ingredients in step 3.  Also, add the 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (used for the pecans in the nut version) to the melted butter and additional spices in step 5.