Wasabi peas, sesame sticks, roasted cashews and honey roasted peanuts tossed with a sesame, ginger, and tamari sauce and sprinkled with furikake... Deliciously Different Asian Party Mix delivers umami, salty, savory, spicy, and a hint of sweet in one delicious handful!
"Super Bowl Sunday: It's all about the food."
"Snacks always taste better when they're in a bowl at a party."
Do you have one to add? Super Bowl Sunday is a bit of an outlier event at Andersen casa... We love an opportunity to enjoy food with friends and family, but neither of us really follows football anymore. We "cut the cord" and got rid of cable TV several years ago, and watching football hasn't been a high priority. However, it is still a fun day to enjoy casual eats and treats, and get together with the locals. 🙂
My focus with Beyond Mere Sustenance has (until recently) been primarily on healthy main dishes and sides. Lately, though, I have included cocktails - Donner and Blitzen, Apple Pear and Sage Martini, Farm Fresh Cocktails to Pair With Food, and An Exotic Tropical Margarita - and an appetizer or two - Goat Cheese and Chorizo Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Caribbean Shrimp Tapas, and Ancho and Chocolate BBQ Sauce and Mexican Meatloaf. That list would certainly impress a Super Bowl Party attendee! However, I think most hosts are looking for something a little closer to beer and Chex party mix. Am I right?
I love Asian flavors, and my well-stocked pantry will confirm that fact! Tamari (similar to soy sauce but a byproduct of miso), mirin, sriracha, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and furikake are items I keep stocked. ALWAYS. In fact, as I'm cooking, if I notice one of these items is low, my hubby enters it into OurGroceries immediately. He's well-trained. 😆 Actually, he loves to eat, so he's a great support!
So, what does that have to do with Deliciously Different Asian Party Mix? When I began working on this recipe, I went shopping for the major components - sesame sticks, wasabi peas, rice Chex, cashews, honey roasted nuts, seaweed, pretzels - knowing I had the ingredients for my Asian-inspired sauce at home.
Of my list of ingredients, how many of them are familiar? I venture to guess furikake is not? Furikake is dry Japanese rice seasoning, but has so much more to offer. We love it sprinkled on top of avocado smeared toast with a runny egg. Typically, furikake will contain some sort of dried fish, sesame seeds, and chopped seaweed. My Noritamago Furikake contains egg and bonito flakes, and my Katsuo Fumi Furikake has some wasabi and mustard plant flakes for a spicy kick. There are many varieties to choose from...
Deliciously Different Asian Party Mix comes together like any other snack or party mix. Whisk the sauce ingredients together, add the dry components to a very large mixing bowl, pour the sauce over top, and toss well to combine. Sprinkle with furikake and additional seaweed crumbles (if desired), then cook in a warm oven until completely dry and toasted. Don't forget to stir and every 15 to 20 minutes! I shake a little additional furikake over the mixture each time I open the oven to stir it. The umami flavor is delicious. You might want to taste it before getting too heavy-handed. 😀
Deliciously Different Asian Party Mix
- 3 ½ cups rice Chex
- 3 ½ cups waffle or mini pretzels
- 2 cups wasabi peas
- 1 cup sesame sticks
- 1 cup cashews - (pieces are fine)
- 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons furikake
- .17 ounces seaweed snacks, crumbled - (optional, see notes)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees (225 convection).Make the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients, and heating in the microwave about 1 minute.In a very large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Toss gently.Pour the sauce mixture over slowly as you toss it together.Scrape the mixture onto two 13 x 9 baking pans coated with non-stick spray. Scrape any sauce remaining in the bowl over top. Sprinkle with furikake (about a tablespoon per pan) and seaweed (if using). Place in the preheated oven. Stir at 15 minute intervals, sprinkling with additional furikake after each stir if you love the flavor...Cook until the mixture is completely dry and toasted.Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.
Recommended Kitchen and Pantry Items:
- Furikake Variety Pack
- Wasabi Peas
- Sesame Sticks
- 13 x 9 Rectangular Pan
- Airtight Glass Canisters
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