Curried Garlic Peanuts

Peanuts, also known as monkeynuts or groundnuts, are not actually nuts but are really legumes (plants that have seed pods that split along both sides) that grow underground. It’s best not to include them in mixes unless you are certain that none of your guests is allergic.

Makes 2 cups.

2 cups lightly toasted shelled peanuts
1 teaspoon peanut or olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place the peanuts, oil, garlic powder, and curry powder in a medium-size bowl and toss until the nuts are well coated.

3. Transfer the nuts to the prepared sheet and arrange in a single layer. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven, sprinkle evenly with the salt, immediately loosen the nuts with a metal spatula, and set aside to cool for 1 hour before serving.

Not just for snacking: These are also wonderful stirred into rice, noodles, or chicken or beef stir-fry.

From Party Nuts! 50 Recipes for Spicy, Sweet, Savory, and Simply Sensational Nuts That Will Be the Hit of Any Gathering (The Harvard Common Press, 2002)