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Favorite Recipes: Sweepings

Recipe Author

Name: Jeannie C. (jeannieoconnor)
Total Recipes: 1




Dish: Snacks
Dish Type: Grains
Cooking Method: Baked
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Servings: Abt. 28
Prep Time: 20-30m
Cook Time: 45m

  • 2 C - Corn Chex Cereal
  • 2 C - Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 C - Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 2 C - Cheerios Cereal
  • 1 C - Pretzels (mini-twist or sticks)
  • 1 C - Mini-Cheese Nips crackers
  • 1 C - "Kaki-pi" roasted soy nuts (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 C - "Arare sembei" soy flavored rice crisps (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 can - Cocktail peanuts
  • 1/2 lb - Bacon, cooked crispy-dry, crumbled coarsely
  • 3 oz - Dried pepperoni, diced to 3/8" cubes
  • 1 stick - (1/2 C) Butter, melted
  • 1/2 C - Bacon grease (hot)
  • 1 Tbsp - Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp - Black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp - Garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp - Onion powder (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp - Worchestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp - Chili powder (or to taste - OPTIONAL)

Preheat oven to 325º. Combine the dry snacks in a large roasting pan. While frying the bacon, chop the pepperoni into small dice.  Bacon needs to be very crisp but take care not to burn it. Drain and cool the bacon before crumbling it into the roasting pan. Add the diced pepperoni to the same pan. Gently combine the bacon and pepperoni with the dry ingredients in 2 or 3 scrapes with a large spoon. Pour the bacon grease and melted butter evenly over the mix and gently blend again. A little at a time, sprinkle the remaining seasoning ingredients evenly over the mix. Gently blend, add seasonings and taste until you are satisfied with the flavors. When all ingredients are evenly mixed and coated with seasonings, place the roasting pan in the oven with the lid on for 40 to 45 minutes. At 20 minutes, remove the pan from the oven, scrape the ingredients to re-blend them, then place back in the oven. At 40 minutes, remove and stir again. When chex are toasted golden, the mix is done. Allow the mix to cool in the roasting pan after it is removed from the oven. Once it is cool, transfer to bowls or plastic bags. Will keep up to two weeks. (Do not refrigerate.) When you see the final blend, you will see why this snack is called "Sweepings"! It's a huge favorite at holiday time and for football games. We usually make a batch for Christmas, and it keeps us going through the New Year's bowl games.


Kaki-pi and Arare sembei are small, savory cracker type snacks that can usually be found in the Japanese section of most large grocerie stores. These are optional.  For those who like heat in their savory snacks, add chili powder (or cayenne, or a few sprinkles of Frank's Red Hot Sauce) to the mix.  Nutritional warnings: this snack contains salt, wheat, saturated fats and oil, pork, peanuts.

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