Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cilantro-Lime Peanuts


With all of the junk food available today, it's hard to say no.  Or at least it is for us.  But lately, we've been trying to cut down on the potato chips, popcorn, and cookies.  It's tough, but we've also got some figures to look out for and a budget to keep up with.

I was in the mood for a snack for Sunday's football games and was limited with what I had to work with.  Luckily, I had some raw peanuts in the pantry and a few spices that I thought would make an interesting peanut combo!  I haven't been able to stop snacking on them since!

Ingredients:


2 cups raw peanuts
juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large shallot, sliced thinly
salt, to taste
small handful of cilantro, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the peanuts and lime juice.  Toss well and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Drain the peanuts and pat them dry with a paper towel. 

Heat a large skillet under medium high heat.  Add olive oil and cook until shimmering.  Add the shallots and cook until crisp, about 2 minutes or so.  Remove shallots from oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add about half of the peanuts to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Transfer cooked nuts to another paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.  Repeat with remaining half of peanuts.

Stir in cilantro and crisped shallots and toss well.


Keep the peanuts in an airtight container for no more than 1 week.  But then again, they won't last that long! 

One of my favorite things about these peanuts is that they're so crunchy and perfectly seasoned.  There's nothing like frying up your own peanuts - haven't done it?  Try it today!

25 comments:

  1. Bookmarked!!! I can't wait to try these!

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  2. I love peanuts though I hate peanut butter, This sounds just my sort of snack. Yum yum. Diane

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  3. flavourful looking snacks delicious to munch

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  4. very crunchy and flavored peanuts, perfect for out gathering and drinking sessions.

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  5. What an interesting flavored peanuts. They look and sound amazing though! I am such a nut snacker

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  6. These sound delicious! And this is the 3rd spiced nut post I've seen today...maybe we should make this International Nut Appreciation Day? I know of a few nuts in my life that are under appreciated! Theresa

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  7. Ahh so delicious and your pictures are perfect!!! Love this recipe!! :)

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  8. This beats any junk food - would not being able to stop eating them....

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  9. Please tell me WHERE you find raw peanuts because I can't find them at all! I made some Buffalo spiced nuts the other day, seems we are on the same wavelength. Yours look great!

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  10. What a great game day munchie! And I always have peanuts on hand...

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  11. Mmmmmm....these sound addicting!

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  12. Ohh, these do sound so yummy! Great idea!! What a great snack!!

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  13. Uhh yum!!! Cilantro lime peanuts are right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!
    By the way I have some blog awards waiting for you on my site! =] http://www.freespiriteater.com/2011/09/vip-event-blog-awards.html

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  14. Oh, what a great flavor combo....and then to add peanuts to the mixture? That is AWESOME!

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  15. What a great football snack! P.S... I made sriracha-maple pecans last night! :D

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  16. This sounds like a tasty flavor combo for peanuts!

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  17. Wow. These look amazing! I must try them! Bookmarked!

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  18. The flavor sounds amazing. Perfect for Game Days. Yummy!

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  19. Love the flavor combo! Sounds like the perfect snack!

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  20. Mmmm...cilantro and lime--such a great flavor combination.

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  21. These sound excellent! I've got to give this recipe a try.

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  22. these are yummy! we often serve them during cocktail parties and they are an absolute hit!

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  23. I miss this post! how could I?
    Ohh peggy... I'm crazy for nuts and peanut for snack and lukily when I been searching something to pair with my bunch of cilantro I find this!
    tq for the recipe peggy, now I have to find the peanuts... *check the must to buy list*
    buzz u my dear! ;)

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