Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

Posted by: on May 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

roastedpeanuts7 The land trust I work for hosts an annual oyster roast in late March or early April. In addition to roasted oysters, we often also have roasted Virginia Peanuts. This year we got flooded out. It was a deluge. Normally, we host the roast outside on a conservation easement. However, the property we’d chosen had a nice long dirt road where 100 cars would end up inevitably stuck in the mud. We moved the event inside and consequently didn’t have roasted oysters or peanuts. However, we already had all the peanuts, which left me with one large black bag of raw Virginia peanuts.

I don’t have much experience with raw peanuts but I know I don’t like them boiled. So, I decided to roast these ones in the oven. I chose a warm weekend day. With the kitchen door wide open it didn’t get too hot. But roasting peanuts is probably a better activity for a slightly cool afternoon.

Roasted Peanuts

Raw peanuts in their shells

Olive oil

Salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil and salt over the nuts. Place in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes. Stir periodically. They will continue to cook once you take them out so don’t bake more than 30 minutes and they may even need less. Wait until the peanuts have cooled to shell them.

roastedpeanuts1Shelling the peanuts took the most time, even with my husband and I both working on it during a thunderstorm. I think we ended up with around 5 cups of shelled roasted peanuts. roastedpeanuts2

I planned to mostly use them in Pad Thai. But while we worked on planting herbs and tomatoes the other day, my husband said, “We should make honey roasted peanuts. No, wait, we should make sriracha honey roasted peanuts.” He’s a bit of a genius.

Sriracha Honey Roasted Peanuts

2 cups shelled roasted peanuts

2 Tbs coconut oil

5 Tbs (about 1/3 cup) honey

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. fine ground sea salt

1 1/2 Tbs. sriracha (This makes them gently hot. I think they could probably take a little more. Go for it if you feel adventurous.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a sauce pan mix coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, sea salt, and sriracha. Cook this on medium until it starts to boil and thicken a bit. Be careful not to burn the sugars. Taste the mixture to make sure it’s the right spicy to sweet ratio for your tastes. roastedpeanuts4

Then add the two cups of peanuts and stir to coat. I continued to cook the mixture with the peanuts for a little while, letting it thicken a little more. roastedpeanuts3

roastedpeanuts5Oil a baking sheet and pour the coated peanuts on to it. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Again keep a close eye on these and be very careful not to burn the sugars. If I had left mine in any longer they would have started to burn. roastedpeanuts6

Allow them to start to cool on the sheet (a couple of minutes max). Sprinkle with a little sugar and salt. Then stir them to maximize the sugar coat and transfer to a drying rack or something to finish cooling. I don’t recommend putting them in a bowl or anything else they may stick to or allowing them to cool in a pile. You’ll end up with one large sriracha honey roasted peanut (good luck to your teeth).

Once cool, snack to your heart’s content.roastedpeanuts8

4 Comments

  1. mom
    May 18, 2014

    Lovely photo sequence! You recorded the step by step color and texture changes so well I could almost taste them! I happen to love them boiled, too. Who got the bushels of oysters?

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    • Hali
      June 6, 2014

      We served those oysters raw.

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  2. Beth
    May 19, 2014

    So how did they taste? And don’t they have raw, already shelled peanuts out there somewhere? And how exactly does this land trust situation work? I mean, do you all work out on the farm with your own veggies or how does that work? I would love to know.

    Take care!

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    • Hali
      June 6, 2014

      Beth, The peanuts were delicious! I think they probably have already shelled and raw peanuts for purchase somewhere. We just happened to have these leftover from our fundraiser. I was just using them up! The Land Trust conserves land through voluntary conservation easements. In other words, landowners donate their right to develop their property. So, we don’t have a farm. But some land trusts do!

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