I have been on the hunt for just plain, unsalted peanuts that aren't too expensive. I love to have a couple tablespoons in my yogurt with berries--I love the added crunch, or even in oats. I love this little local shop in our town called, "Anderson's Market"--they sell a lot of bulk items like steel cut oats...etc, and have great prices. While I was stocking up on a few basics, I noticed that they had raw Spanish Peanuts for a very, very small price. The clerk was apologetic that they were out of their salted and/or their roasted versions... but I reassured her that I loved the price and I would just do it myself!
So the Spanish Peanuts had their little flaky skins. I tried one--raw peanuts aren't that great. :) So, today, my 5 month twins took naps (at the same time for the first time) and my toddler took one at the same time--I took a chance at getting some things done. While doing dishes, starting laundry--I remembered that I wanted to try my Spanish Peanut Roast.
Here is the recipe:
1 lb raw Spanish Peanuts
3-4 cups of water
sea salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Put the peanuts in a large bowl. Bring water to boil (I used a teakettle). Pour the boiling water onto the peanuts and let them sit for about 3-5 minutes. Then, take a slotted spoon (you will notice that the skins come off), and scoop them flat on top of paper towels. Pat them down and let them dry for about 5 minutes. Place them on a jellyroll pan and make sure there is one layer. Bake for about 10 minutes, stir them, and bake for another 10-12 minutes. Turn your oven off and let them sit in the oven for about 5 minutes. Once cooled, add a little sea salt if you prefer and store them in an airtight container...
I love that my house spells like peanut butter right now! :) Enjoy!