Killer Peanuts

And I do mean killer. These are not for shy and retiring types. I’m not even that crazy about peanuts, but I couldn’t stop eating these. They are perfect for a big party, accompanied by chips, salsa, and chicken wings.

Makes 4 cups.

4 cup lightly toasted shelled peanuts
1 tablespoon chile oil (if you want them really hot) or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place the peanuts and oil in a large bowl and toss to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and toss again to coat evenly.

3. Transfer the nuts to the prepared sheet, place in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven, immediately loosen the nuts with a metal spatula, and set aside to cool before serving

If you’re sipping: Don’t even think of popping one in your mouth without a beer in your hand. Or at least a glass of milk. Not just for snacking: If you like grinding your own nuts into butter, don’t forget these: They make awesome peanut butter. Try Killer Peanuts atop spicy sesame noodles and salads, or chop and mix them into peanut butter cookies or vanilla ice cream.

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)