We all have those strange childhood foods that make other people raise an eyebrow. Don't deny it...I know you do.
Fried cheerios is my ULTIMATE childhood memory food. I don't know where my mom came up with this recipe, but I imagine she threw it together in a fit of "OhdeargodMUSTputsomethingintheirmouthestomakethemshutup" craziness induced by my sister and me. Just so you know, I was always the innocent one. Always. Shut up, Ada.
I know that nothing looks very different about those O's up there, but you don't know the taste. It's warm, crispy, salty and intensely cheerio-ey. I was having a really bad day the other week for a variety of reasons and the only thing that I wanted was a bowl of fried cheerios. So, I did my version of them, minus the huge pats of butter. It wasn't as good (clearly) but still good enough to make me smile, as I snuggled into the blankets on the couch and worked my way out of a good funk.
Thanks, Mom. :-)
2 cups Cheerios
1 TBS Butter, butter substitute or Pam spray
salt to taste
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high and melt the butter. Pour in the cheerios and turn carefully to coat them all. Continue to stir frequently and cook until they are toasted brown. Pour in a bowl and toss with salt. Enjoy.