The Basics: Peanuts

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How To Make Candied Peanuts

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Peanuts can be added to salads, appetizers, side dishes & main dish entrees for undeniable crunch. When added to confections, they can carry the flavor notes alone or provide a supporting role particularly when paired with chocolate & nougat. The good news is that a humble jar of peanuts is all that’s needed in order to prepare something wonderful. I prefer to use those that are lightly salted so as to streamline ingredients needed & they make last minute additions to candy recipes much more quick when timing can determine success or not. Spiced Candied Peanuts are ideal to make & serve with cocktails when a last minute gathering has been planned as they can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. Learn how to make this simple snack by following my pointers & look to The Essential Guide To Making Homemade Candy before getting started.

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makes about 1 1/4 cups

Serve a bowl of these irresistible peanuts with cocktails or use them to add bold, crunchy flavor over salads. 

1 cup dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground red pepper

Combine the peanuts, the sugar & the butter in a small sauté pan over Medium heat. Allow the ingredients to stand undisturbed for a minute or so while the sugar & the butter melts then begin stirring to coat the peanuts. The sugar will become sandy in texture. Cook until the sugar melts & the peanuts are glazed, about 5 minutes. Turn down the heat if the sugar begins to release smoke & stir vigorously to redistribute the heat so the sugar browns & caramelizes evenly. Combine the cinnamon & the ground red pepper. Sprinkle over the peanuts & stir until blended. Pour the nuts onto a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Cool completely. Break the peanuts apart before serving.

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Cooking Classics. Candied Peanuts By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Editor In Chief Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingHow To Make Candied Peanuts

Sugar can be caramelized quickly by using a dry cooking method– just simply the sugar & the skillet. The key is to be certain the sugar does not burn so turning the heat up & down during the process may be necessary. Conversely, the skillet can be placed on & removed from the stove eye several times for equally successful results. 

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The Technique

Gather a small skillet & a wooden spoon. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper & place it close to the cooking area. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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When a small amount of sugar is to be used, the dry method for caramelizing sugar is relatively fast. Combine the peanuts, the sugar & the butter in a small sauté pan over Medium heat. Allow the ingredients to stand undisturbed for a minute or so while the sugar & the butter melts then you can start stirring to coat the peanuts.

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As the process continues & as you stir the mixture, it is normal for the sugar to clump however it will eventually remelt & become smooth. 

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Turn down the heat or remove the skillet from the stove eye if the sugar begins to release smoke. Stir vigorously to redistribute the heat so the sugar browns & caramelizes evenly. 

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Combine the cinnamon & the ground red pepper. Sprinkle over the peanuts & stir until blended. The cooking process should take a total time of approximately 5 minutes. 

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Pour the nuts onto a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Cool completely. Break the peanuts apart before serving.

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