Joana here - Farah Trading Co's official wine and food writer based in Leiria, Portugal!
Today's Portuguese Petisco recipe is one for those days where you just want a quick snack, something really easy and simple - a perfect pairing for a cocktail? What's better than a peanut recipe! Not just any peanuts – delicious Portuguese style peanuts you can flavor yourself in less than 30 minutes. Next time you’re hosting friends (that time will come!), try these out!
First things first – turn your oven on to preheat at 350º Fahrenheit.
Now, on a mixing bowl start by preparing your dry mix. I used brown sugar, smoked paprika, oregano and sea salt. On a bigger mixing bowl, whip an egg white until frothy.
You can either use peeled peanuts or peanuts in the shell. The latter may sound like a chore but if you allow yourself some time, shelling peanuts can be very relaxing! I wanted something really quick so I bought the peeled variety.
Separate the eggs, mix the peanuts in the egg white, add the dry spice mix and fold everything together.
Now, spread the mix onto an oven tray and let the peanuts get golden and crispy, around 10 minutes. Halfway through just remove the tray, add a little bit more salt and some orange zest, mix them around and put it back for the remaining five minutes. Done!
Once they’re out, mix and separate them with a fork and let them rest for a few minutes.
It will be impossible to resist, the kitchen will smell amazing and your brain will go on a loop of “it’s just one, no one will notice and you need to make sure they’re good”. Let me tell you, your brain is lying to you because 1. No one, ever, anywhere, can have just one peanut; 2. Of course they’re delicious, it’s peanuts, sugar and spices and 3. They need time to go from good to A-MAZING!
And, these Portuguese peanuts can be transformed from a snack - to an addition to both sweet and savory meals. Chop up and add to a salad - or take it in another direction and add them to the topping of baked goods - like my famous Portuguese chocolate cake!
This recipe pairs perfectly with Portuguese Port wine cocktails - check out our recipe for a Port Tonic here!
- Cheers! xoxo, Joana
Sweet, Spicy and Citric Roasted Peanuts
Joana Rute Carmo
Next time you’re hosting friends (time will come!), try these out!
Peanuts you can flavour yourself in less than 30 minutes.
½ pound of Peanuts (you can buy shelled or already peeled)
1 Egg white (whipped)
2 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon of Smoked Paprika
If you’re using peanuts in the shell, take a few minutes to relax and open them. If you’re using already peeled, just lay them on a bowl.
On a mixing bowl, start mixing the dry ingredients: brown sugar, smoked paprika, sea salt and dried oregano.
On a big mixing bowl, whip the egg white until frothy. Add the peanuts and the spice mix and fold them together.
On the side, grab some parchment paper and line a baking tray with it. Spread the peanut mix on top of it and pop them in the oven for a few minutes on 350º Fahrenheit.
Keep an eye on the mix. Once they’re golden, take the tray out, mix them around and add more sea salt and orange zest. Pop the peanuts for another couple of minutes to golden a little bit more.
Once they’re fully tan, just remove them and separate them with a fork and let them cool down, so they get even crispier.
Serve on deep bowls and you can add a little bit more of fresh orange zest.
Serve with some Vinho Verde or a nice Port based cocktail.
This is perfect to eat on the day but if you do make a lot, you can keep them in an airtight container for a few days – though I highly doubt you’ll need to.
The spice mix is a suggestion, you can honestly use anything: black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, garlic powder, you name it. I will try a lot more versions and see what’s best.
Please consider that every oven is different and times and temperatures may vary and each one will take a different time to golden.