Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Roasted Peanuts

So, we finally tried roasting peanuts on our own. It worked out very well. For at least 1/3 of the price, we can now have our own freshly roasted peanuts instead of buying pre-roasted ones. Here are some foods with which we used our peanuts...

Chinese Chicken Salad (yummm)

Homemade snack mix

My base was a recipe I got from my mom. However, I adjusted it based on ingredients we can buy here. Here's how it turned out:

Melt butter in the pan in the oven. Add some amount of the seasonings (didn't measure). Add cajun seasoning. Put in: corn flakes, casaba crackers (made from yuca), cheetoh type things, dry ramen noodles, and peanuts. There wasn't enough butter and spices, so I added more spices and oil. Then I baked it, stirring every once in a while. And it turned out pretty yummy. Here's the original recipe:

Chex Mix

6 T butter
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ t seasoned salt
½ t onion powder
2 2/3 C Rice Chex
2 2/3 C Wheat Chex
2 2/3 C corn Chex
1 C mixed nuts
1 C pretzels
1 C bite-sized garlic flavor bagel chips or regular-sized
bagel chips broken into 1” pieces.

Melt butter in open roasting pan in preheated 250° oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually add cereals, nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips; stir to coat evenly. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on absorbent paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

As far as other fun food things go, this week so far we've made pasta with spinich, tomatoes, pine-nuts, etc., Cabbage Roll Casserole (Taste of Home), and Grilled Pork rolls with Grilled Polenta. Wednesday is Tuna Casserole.

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