Jacqueline Soule here with a recipe to go with a blog post I posted today on Southwest Gardening – You Can Grow Peanuts in the Southwest. Once you grow peanuts, there are many tasty ways to use them! I decided to get your mouth watering with this incredibly easy Spicy Peanuts recipe.

You don’t need to grow peanuts. You can start with store bought! Just reduce the salt if they are already salted.

Spicy Peanuts

These are super easy to make, and they make a great snack, an appetizer, a savory snack for guests, or make some for your next poker party!

2 cups shelled peanuts
1 Tablespoon olive oil
~ 2 Tablespoons spices blended
1 teaspoon sugar (to wake the taste receptors)
1 teaspoon salt (to wake other taste receptors)

Open air markets in some parts of the world have mounds of spices to tempt your palate!

Spices to Blend

This is somewhat spicy, you can mix it up, but chili powder, cumin, curry, garlic, and a touch of cayenne all go well together. Here is what I use:
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder

Make it simple – just use 2 Tablespoons of curry powder if you want.

I like to make this in a cast iron skillet because I can place it right into the oven.

Heat the spices in the oil.
Add peanuts.
Stir to coat the nuts.
Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Transfer to paper towels to soak off excess oil.
Once cool, store in an airtight container.Store at room temperature.

If you don’t grow peanuts, you can start with store bought! Just reduce the salt if they are already salted.

I cut this next paragraph from the Southwest Gardening post. Might be helpful to those that do grow fresh peanuts.

How to Store Peanuts

Once your peanuts have dried after harvest, you’ll need to decide how to store them. If you shell them they last only a matter of weeks, a tad longer in the in a refrigerator. If you leave them in the shells they can last on your pantry shelves for months. But the way to preserve your peanuts the longest is by leaving them in the shell and placing them in a freezer bag and into the freezer. Peanuts should last up to one whole year in the freezer.

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To learn to use other savory herbs, visit Savorist Monica King Saturdays at the Arivaca’s Farmers Market, or come to one of Savorist Jacqueline Soule’s free lectures. We try to mention both on our Facebook page. We both have copies of Father Kino’s Herbs: Growing and Using Them Today (Tierra del Sol Institute Press). This link is to Amazon and if you buy the book there the Horticulture Therapy non-profit Tierra del Sol may get a few pennies.

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