Monday, May 18, 2009

Patty's Sweet and Savory Peanuts


This recipe yields a favorite snack in the Gironda household. Simple to make with a recipe that can easily make larger batches for a party or to store in the pantry.

I use it for other things besides a snack-including candy. I am working on a chocolate-covered peanut chew with a praline filling.

For the peanuts:

The raw peanuts are boiled for ten minutes with dried red pepper and equal parts water, honey and cane syrup (or in my case equal parts molasses and cane syrup.) Once boiled, the peanuts are strained and tossed in a dry seasoning mixture comprised of three sugars; white, light brown and dark brown sugar seasoned with paprika, onion and garlic powder, turmeric, curry, cumin, dark chili powder and kosher salt.

Once coated they are spread on parchment paper for thirty to forty minutes in a 200 degree oven. After they cool they are removed to a covered container where they are once again tossed with the dry mixture and more kosher salt.

Finally I place them in a warming oven for the rest of the day so that they can dry. If you don't have a drying oven the counter works fine.

The dry mixture keeps in a covered container like sugar.

For the dry mixture:

2 cups white sugar
2 cups light brown sugar
2 cups dark brown sugar

To the sugars add:

2 tbsp Hungarian Paprika
1 tbsp dark chili powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp fenugreek (optional)
1 tsp turmeric

All the ingredients are pulsed in a food processor and adjusted for taste.
This is easily adjusted for personal taste. We like the spicy and sweet flavor with the salt finish.
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