Who grew up snacking on nuts and bolts every Christmas? I actually didn’t, but my boyfriend did! My mom made nuts and bolts from time to time but I don’t really have a lot of memories snacking on it as a child.
Jericho says that nuts and bolts were an absolute staple in his grandparents house during the holiday season. His memories are of his Grandma making large batches of this stuff and his family totally crushing it by the handful!
Sadly, Grandmas aren’t with us for as long as we want them to be, and when his Grandma passed, nuts and bolts just haven’t been the same ever since for two reasons. The first reason is because Grandmas have that special touch that just can’t be replicated by anyone else. The second reason is because of the beau monde seasoning the recipe calls for… It straight up says on the recipe card that beau monde seasoning is KEY and you can only buy it at the Co-op (a common grocery store in Calgary). The major issue with this, is that the seasoning has been discontinued. NOT COOL CO-OP. NOT COOL.
This Christmas I really wanted to make Jericho some nuts and bolts that were reminiscent of his childhood, so I decided I was going to wing it and make my own beau monde seasoning (having never tried it before) and see how it went! Thankfully, the end results were DELICIOUS!
Now, as a Canadian with the second language being French, embarrassingly, I only speak English.. But with that being said, it is good to know that the phrase “beau monde” translates to “good society” in French! It is a blend that was originally created by a company named Spice Islands and is a delicious seasoning for meats like pork, chicken, turkey, hamburgers and even tasty to use in soups and stews! It has a forward note of celery, onion and pepper with subtle notes of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon.
I ended up making my own Beau Monde blend, that was inspired by the recipe on The Spruce Eats website. Some recipes online only call for onion, celery and pepper and that felt too plain jane for me. I needed to spice it up a bit (pun intended).
So anyways, to make this recipe you first must make the beau monde seasoning. The recipe yields ⅓ of a cup, so you will have some left over to get explorative with in other recipes! Or of course, you can always just make a batches of these nuts and bolts on repeat because your entire fam will absolutely devour them. As for Jericho getting his Grandmas identical recipe.. of course I couldn’t do that. Like I said, Grandmas use a special amount of love that just can’t be redone by someone else! But one thing I love most about cooking is the intention and love that goes into it. Being able to make a treat for someone that pulls on their strings of nostalgia is a special moment for me and in my opinion is an entire love language of its own.
Why you’ll love these Grandmas Nuts and Bolts Recipe (With Homemade Beau Monde Seasoning)
- They are easy to make and require little hands on time!
- They are perfect to have on the coffee table to snack on throughout the day.
- They can easily be made gluten free and/or vegan!
- It is a classic Christmas snack that your whole family will love!
So here’s the recipe friends! I hope your holidays are filled with love, joy and lots of nuts and bolts!
- This recipe can easily be made gluten free. Use rice Chex instead of Shreddies and gluten free honey nut cheerios and pretzels. Also be sure to use gluten free worchestershire!
- To make this recipe dairy free if needed, substitute your favourite vegan butter instead of cow butter.
Grandmas Nuts and Bolts Recipe (With Homemade Beau Monde Seasoning)
- December 23, 2020
- 7 cups
- 50 min
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- for the beau monde seasoning:
- 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
- 1 tbsp ground bay leaves (about 10 full size bay leaves)
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp ground allspice
- 1 tbsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp celery seed
- for the nuts and bolts:
- 2 cups honey nut cheerios
- 2 cups shreddies
- 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 3/4 cups salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 tsp worcestershire
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp beau monde seasoning
- Step 1
- To make the beau monde seasoning, add all spices into a spice or coffee grinder and blend until it is a fine powder.
- Step 2
- To make the nuts and bolts, preheat the oven to 250°. Stir the cereal together with the pretzels and peanuts. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and then add the worcestershire, garlic powder, salt and beau monde seasoning. Pour the seasoned butter over the dry ingredients and then mix well.
- Step 3
- Transfer the nuts and bolts onto a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 7 days!