It’s impossible to make too many of these mini deep dish pizzas. They’re perfect for the big game or any get-together. They’re easy to make, and with a little imagination, you can make a variety of them to please anyone. We decided to go the simple route and just top these pizzas with cheese and mini pepperonis. We both thought they were fantastic.
Make sure you leave the mini deep dish pizzas in the oven long enough to get a bit of a crunchy crust on them. They’ll also get a bit more crunchy after you take them out of the oven and cool a bit.
It’s impossible to make too many of these mini deep dish pizzas. They’re perfect for the big game or any get-together. They’re easy to make, and with a little imagination, you can make a variety of them to please anyone.
There are some things were self-control just doesn’t happen for me. This smoked Chex mix is one of them. Put a big bowl of it in front of me and it’ll be gone soon. I can’t help myself and no matter what I do to control myself, I fail. Specially the bagel chips. There’s something about the bagel chips in Chex mix, specially after they’ve been smoked. The smoke flavor is not overwhelming, but it’s there, and it’s different in a wonderful way. The smoke compliments traditional flavors perfectly. I make this often, and in big batches because it is the perfect snack to take to a family get-together. Everyone loves it.
The cereal in this smoked Chex definitely soaks up the smoke, so do not go crazy with the wood in your smoker. Use a very small chunk, smaller than would fit in your palm, and use only a lighter wood. No mesquite or hickory here, go for something like a fruit or nut wood instead. Remember, you want that hint of smoke, and nothing overpowering.
I used a variety of Chex cereals in my mix, but you can do whatever works for you1
Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F. Add only one small piece of light wood, such as apple or peach. If you are using a smoker that has a water pan, such as the Weber Smokey Mountain, do not fill the pan with water.
Combine the cereals, pretzels, nuts and bagel chips in a large bowl.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
Combine the seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder and slowly whisk into the melted butter.
Drizzle the butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat.
Place into a disposable 9″ x 13″ deep aluminum pan and place on the top rack of the smoker.
Smoke for 1 hour or until the mixture turns golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove and let cool completely before serving, or store for up to 2 weeks.
Homemade seasoned salt
Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container.
For a slightly spicier version, add a few teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce to the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce mixture. Don’t go crazy with it or the mix will take longer to get crispy.
These shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies treats were fun to make…
…specially if you’re into watching poor little Peeps meet their demise in a hot pot! Anita hates when I do this to ‘them’.
Although I used green Peeps to make these for St. Patrick’s day, you can use any color, or even a combination of colors (don’t mix them together – let them melt in place). They taste just like your usual Rice Krispies treats. If you don’t have Peeps (they are now available year-round in some places), just use marshmallows and green food coloring.