Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Setting Our Sights on the Superbowl

Super Snack - Cajun Peanuts

Each year The Cooking School at Jungle Jim's International Market hosts a sold-out Superbowl class that infuses our students with new ideas to impress and please party guests. Recipes range from hearty sandwiches to trendy fingerfood. This Cajun Peanut recipe is a quick, crowd-pleasing snack that perfectly complements a growler full of beer from the Tasting Bar at both store locations. Try serving this addictive peanut mix in shot glasses - or a big bowl! 

When we say this is quick and easy - we mean it! Four simple and readily available ingredients are all you need. If your gang really likes spicy food, you can amp up the heat with more cayenne pepper. The recipe as written has a nice punch of heat that most people will find appealing.

Add the oil and then the dry seasonings over medium heat. A large non-stick skillet makes for easy clean up.

After 30 seconds, when the seasonings are mixed and hot, add the peanuts and stir to thoroughly coat with oil and spices.

Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Allow the peanuts to cool before serving - if you can leave them alone! When cool, store in an air-tight container. Ready, set, party!

Cajun Peanuts

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound salted, dry roasted peanuts

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add seasonings to oil and stir well for 30 seconds. Add peanuts to skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until peanuts are evenly coated with the spice mixture. Cool before storing in an airtight container.

Makes 3 cups

recipe from Leigh Barnhart Och's cookbook "Be Your Guest"

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