Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Recipe: Home-Roasted Peanuts!

$2.99 for almost 2 lbs. of raw peanuts! (nail polish shown for scale)
Since finding the huge bag of cheap raw peanuts, I've begun roasting my own! I love seasoned peanuts (and all other peanut incarnations), but the ones in the store are full of chemicals, aren't crunchy enough, and can be pricey if you want the ones with cool flavours like chilli/lime or salt/pepper! They also have so much sodium, I get almost an instant headache.

First I tried frying them, which was good, but used waaay too much oil and they stayed a bit too greasy for my liking. So now I roast them in the oven.

Cooking:
These are seasoned differently. Both were roasted at 350˚ for about 20 minutes, stirring once, single layer on a baking sheet. DO NOT OVERCOOK as they continue to cook (and make cute little squealing popping noises) out of the oven. They should start to smell "peanut-y" and darken (the colour will vary depending on your spices).


Both recipes use roughly:
•  1 1/2 - 2 c. raw peanuts, not the roasted or salted kind. I found them in the South Asian section of the "ethnic" aisle at Freshco. I used blanched, but I bet with skins would be just as good! Sorry, measuring stuff isn't really my strong suit unless following a recipe. There is less than 1/3 of the bag remaining.
• 2 or 3 tsp. oil (I use canola) - just enough to coat them (for the cinnamon spiced variety, next time I'm going to try using virgin coconut oil instead of canola for extra flavour!)

Cinnamon Roasted Peanuts

• About 1 1/2 tbsp. white sugar (gonna try brown next time!)
• 2 to 3 tsp. ground cinnamon. I grind my own cinnamon on a microplaner, and as such, did not use nearly enough! Just buy it pre-ground!
• 2 pinches ground cloves
• 1 pinch ground fresh nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp. of salt - most recipes I saw called for butter, so I wanted to add a hint of saltiness
(I tried grinding some star anise on the microplaner, but I don't think the flavour really registered. I plan on adding some ground cardamon next time)

Mix spices together. Coat peanuts in oil, and toss in mixture until coated. Bake as above.

TOP: Cinnamon Roasted Peanuts
BOTTOM: Savoury Spiced Peanuts

Savoury Spiced Peanuts

I used the spices I enjoy here, but you can customize this however you like it. I'd suggest just tasting your spice mix before coating the peanuts. Mine came out slightly saltier than they tasted before cooking. I used:
• 1/8 tsp. each:
- Cayenne pepper (add more if you like it hotter - these are very mild)
- Celery salt
- Ground coriander
- Fresh cracked black pepper
• 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
• 1/2 tsp. sea salt
• 2 tsp. garlic powder (I like garlicky peanuts, and garlic in general! I was going to add some onion powder but had none)

Mix spices together. Coat peanuts in oil, and toss in mixture until coated. Bake as above.

Try to share them with your friends and family. Sharing is caring. And too many peanuts may mean trouble at bedtime!


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