I have a thing for nuts. In my opinion, there’s not a meal, snack, or occasion that does not benefit from some sort of nut accoutrement. I seem to be the only person in my family who believes in this theory but that doesn’t make me any less passionate about the subject.
Peanuts often get downplayed for more fancier pecans and cashews but I think they are worth celebrating. They are certainly friendlier on the wallet than some of their pricier nut friends and even more so if you buy them raw at the Asian market in big 2-pound bags for $3.00 like I do.
Peanuts play a prominent role in Mexican cooking and have hands down the best name in Spanish; cacahuates. They are featured in moles, chicken dishes, and stews but quite possibly the most popular way to eat them is roasted with small, dried chiles and lime.
Look for raw peanuts with the papery, reddish skin still attached. They are sometimes sold as Spanish peanuts. The skins help the seasoning adhere better and turn a gorgeous dark golden-red when roasted.
This bar snack is at it’s peak served slightly warm with an ice cold beer but will keep in an airtight container for about a week. Add a few cloves of unpeeled garlic for another variation.
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