Is there something special that you make at Christmas every year? Does someone in your life always make you a fabulous meal that you look forward to at the holidays? Do you look forward to special cookies at this time?
This is my Nana. She's holding my first born. 4 generations = amazing.
She was one of the most important people in my life and every year at Christmas she would make her famous Nuts 'n Bolts. When Nana's parcel arrived for Christmas it was the first thing I looked for buried amongst all the presents. Nana has passed away and one of my most treasured possessions now is her Nuts 'n Bolts recipe and what's even better is that I have the recipe in her writing! Love that. Hard to make out? Yes. But, I think I figured it out.
So, I want to share it with you today. You've probably had nuts n' bolts before out of the package but this recipe is AMAZING! This is what it looks like when you're all done. A perfect snack and my kids love it!
So, this recipe makes a TON! Feel free to half it. Although I would definitely still use lots of butter to coat everything.
What You Need:
- 3/4 bag of pretzels (the store didn't have any of the mini pretzels, which is what I would suggest. I ended up getting the sticks)
- 3/4 box of Shreddies
- 3/4 box of Cheerios
- 2 cups of mixed nuts
- 1 lb butter (yup, an entire pound...who diets at Christmas time anyway?!)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp worcesteshire sauce
- 2 tsp onion juice (okay what the heck is this? never heard of it, neither had the grocery clerk. It sounds pretty gross though. Either my nana juiced an onion or she meant onion powder. I dunno. I just substituted it for onion powder)
- 2 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp salt
What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
2. Pour the pretzels, shreddies, cheerios and nuts into a roasting pan.
3. Add the other ingredients to a large sauce pan and boil for 8-10 minutes. She said to use a double boiler, I think so that you don't burn your butter. I just boiled it on low and stirred it a lot.
4. While the liquid is still hot, pour over your mixture in the roasting pan and stir it up.
5. Bake for 2 hours, stirring every 15 mins or so.
These nuts 'n bolts are great to have in little dishes around the house for people to grab a handful of, or wrap them up in a little cellophane bag, or container and attach them to a hostess gift this year.
Keep it Beautiful.