Chinese Spiced Peanuts
Lots and lots of peanuts!
Note: This recipe was given to me by its creator, Debbie Chew, an expert on Chinese cooking and eating. They are great as a snack! She says that they can last for a month or two in an airtight container. She also recommends using a baking pan with high rims as it makes stirring the peanuts easier.
Raw Peanuts with skins on (ideally from a Chinese grocery store) – 4 pounds
Chinese 5 spice – 4 tsp
Salt – 3 tsp
Sugar – 3 tsp
Water – 1/2 cup
Habanero Pepper Sauce (Louisiana Gem brand, sold at Whole Foods) - optional
Preheat oven to 350. Wash and drain peanuts. Transfer to a large baking pan with high rims. Mix 5 spice, salt, sugar, water and habanero sauce together until well blended. Pour over peanuts and stir to coat. Bake for one hour and stirring every 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to 225 and bake another 2 hrs. The peanuts will become dry and crisp. You can stir the peanuts every 1/2 or every 45 min to prevent burning.
Makes LOTS of peanuts!
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