Friday, December 18, 2009

Peanut Palooza!

Do you love peanuts? Well, if you live near a Smith's grocery store, check their ads to see if they are offering this AMAZING deal! Through December 24, they are having their Emerald Salted Peanuts (16oz.) on sale for .50! Wow! I don't love just eating salted peanuts, but I knew I could come up with a few ways to use them that would be fun. I bought a whole case of these--they are 'while supplies last', so hurry in!

Here are three delicious recipes to use these amazingly low priced peanuts:

This recipe has been circulating on nearly every food blog I have seen in the last couple of weeks. I have never heard of peanut butter popcorn, but knew I needed to try it. I played with a couple of the recipes and came up with what I thought turned out perfectly. This is the perfect snack to sit down with your family and watch a Christmas movie. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Popcorn:
1/2-1 c. popcorn kernels, popped

1 c. peanut butter
1 c. corn syrup
(or you can do 1/2 honey and 1/2 corn syrup)
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
Chopped peanuts
1/2 bag of chocolate chips, melted (optional)

In a sauce pan boil for 2 minutes the corn syrup and sugar. Take off of the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until peanut butter is melted. Add chopped nuts to sauce. Pop popcorn kernels (or you can use microwave popcorn) and remove any unpopped kernels. Pour peanut butter sauce over popcorn. Lay popcorn on a cookie sheet. Melt chocolate chips until melted smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn as desired. Serve warm or cold. Delicious!!

Last night I was craving (yes, a pregnancy side effect!) something sweet and spicy. To me these flavors are best found in Thai food (my favorite!). I didn't have a recipe for a Thai Peanut salad, but because of my CASE of salted peanuts, I thought I would play around and the recipe I came up with turned out fabulous!

Thai Peanut Salad
1 large head romaine lettuce, cut into small chunks

1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thin (optional)
1/2 c. carrots, sliced
1 red pepper, diced
1 stalk green onions, sliced

2-3 chicken breasts grilled or baked and chopped into pieces
1 c. Chinese noodles

White rice (optional--I love salad with warm rice on the bottom, but you could leave it out)

Thai Peanut Dressing:
1/2 c. peanut butter
(I used crunchy)
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. rice vinegar

1/2 c. sugar (or less, if you don't like it so sweet)
1 T. sesame oil
2 t. ginger (fresh or powdered)
2 T. lime juice
(I added a little more because I like this flavor)
Dash of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it more spicy)

Soften the peanut butter in a bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. if the dressing is too strong for you, you can add a little water to thin it down or more vinegar. Serve over salad.

My sweet friend brought me dinner the other night (I rarely cook much lately with DAY sickness :), and she had the MOST delicious treat with her meal. They were simple, yet divine! Peanut clusters are now my new favorite treat this season. How perfect that I now have a pantry full of peanuts! This recipe couldn't be easier, so if you need a quick holiday treat, these are perfect.

Peanut Clusters
1 package good quality chocolate chips (I like milk, but whatever kind you like will work)
1 lb. salted peanuts

Melt chocolate until smooth. Pour in salted peanuts. Mix until all peanuts are coated evenly. Put a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Pour a spoonful of peanut/chocolate mixture onto the wax paper. Let chill until chocolate hardens. Serve once cooled and hardened. You can also add a little more spunk to your can add raisins, craisins, cashews, pretzels, etc. Pretty much anything in chocolate tastes great!

*TIP: The better quality chocolate, the better your clusters will taste. If you have a baking supply store near you, buy the baking chips or bark and your chocolate will be easier to melt and more smooth. In UT, Gygi's is the best place to buy baking/candy chocolate.


Betsy said...

Congrats on the pregnancy!! We make the peanut chocolate clusters too but we add a bag of the butterscotch chips to the chocolate and peanuts and it ads some extra flavor. Just wanted to pass that idea on!!

Julene said...

Thank you for the awesome deal! I ran out and bought 2 cases. We have a parrot that loves these as much as us people do :) I also have a question, have you ever found a great deal on corn syrup? I have couponed for years and haven't ever found a great stock up sale for it. Or if you know where the price is lowest, I usually get the Walmart brand but would love bigger bottles of it. Thanks!!

Shandra said...

I buy corn syrup at Maceys (a Utah store) during their case lot in the large gallon (or larger) size. When these are not on sale, Walmart is usually the least :)

Julene said...

Thanks for the info, I guess I'll have to wait for the next caselot sale. I'll stick with WM for now.

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