Nuts and bolts: A simple and tasty holiday appetizer

Dec 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Chances are you'll have a lot to cook over the holidays. Fortunately this nuts and bolts recipe can be made weeks in advance and simply poured into serving dishes when you need an appetizer in a flash.

nuts and bolts

Nuts and bolts

This is an incredibly budget-friendly and simple recipe to have on hand over the holidays. Because you have to bake several batches, it does take a few hours to make, but once you're done, you'll have a tasty appetizer that will last you for weeks!


  • 1 (400 gram) box of Cheerios
  • 1 (400 gram) bag of straight pretzels
  • 1 (550 gram) box of Shreddies
  • 1/4 cup soya sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons celery seeds
  • 1-1/4 cups olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Place the Cheerios, pretzels and Shreddies in a large container, such as a pickling pot.
  3. In a small bowl or a measuring cup, combine the soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seeds and olive oil.
  4. Divide the Cheerios mixture among four baking trays. Return one of the trays to the pot, and add 1/4 of the dressing (roughly a 1/2 cup). Mix thoroughly so the oil is well distributed. Return it to the tray. Repeat this process with the other three trays.
  5. Bake each tray in the oven for 30–40 minutes, stirring once after 15–20 minutes. Turn off the oven, and let the trays sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool. Transfer the mix to the original pot, and store in a cool, dry place. The next time you need a light snack or a quick appetizer, just scoop out a bowl, and enjoy.


    This is a great starter recipe, but don't feel limited. If you want to add in a few handfuls of peanuts or some of your favourite herbs and spices, don't hold back. It's your go-to appetizer, so have fun with it!

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