A Little Taste of Mexico: Salted Lime Peanuts

My nine year wedding anniversary is coming up! Time has really flown, I tell ya.

Photo by the talented Gina Harrop.

 

We honeymooned in Mexico and it was beautiful.

Club Regina in San Jose Del Cabo. PLease excuse the quality. SOMEBODY tripped and broke the camera so we had to buy a crappy little disposable at the gift shop.

 

The beaches were the stuff of dreams! 

So many shades of blue and teal.

 

And the food was amazing! We noticed a little trend during the week as we ate and drank our way through the resort’s menus- a little phenomenon we dubbed “All Lime, All the Time.”

Margaritas, fresh seafood, beer, steaks, pastas; you name it and it was served with lime. The most unexpected and memorable snack we had there were lime salted peanuts in the little cantina. They were just so delicious. A really nice change from the dry roasted and salted variety we Americans love to munch on while we enjoy a brewski.

So I set out to recreate a little of the ambiance, the magic, of our honeymoon. Because we celebrate with food around here, I thought it would be fun to recreate that little snack while we exchange cards and reminisce.  It only took me about 6 tries but I think I nailed it:

 

I can’t wait to see the look on his face when I surprise him with a bowl of these on our anniversary. He’s going to love ‘em!

Salted Lime Peanuts

Ingredients:

1 Cup peanuts 

1-2 Tablespoons Sunflower oil (just enough to coat the peanuts)

Salt to taste

1 Teaspoon True Lime seasoning

Tools:

Baking pan

Aluminum foil

Small mixing bowl

Measuring spoon

 

Directions:

1.       Preheat the oven to 300°. Cover a baking pan in aluminum foil.

 

2.       In the mixing bowl, coat the peanuts lightly in oil. I chose sunflower oil because it doesn’t impart a lot of flavor and I wanted the lime to shine.

 

3.       Pour the peanuts onto that aluminum foiled baking sheet and spread ‘em out.

 

4.       Pop 'em in the oven for about 40 minutes.  They should be a slightly toasty golden brown color.

 

5.       Carefully pour them back into the mixing bowl. Immediately add some salt to taste. I did about 4 turns of my salt grinder. Don’t go crazy because the lime flavor really adds a lot.

*Tip: The seasonings have to go on while the peanuts are screamin' hot or they'll just fall to the bottom of the bowl and you will have boring peanuts.

 

6.       Add about 1 tsp of lime flavor...

 

7.       and mix it up really well.

 

8.       Serve them with some these delicious margaritas and you have your own little slice of Mexico!

*Whatever you do DON”T try to make this with fresh lime juice. I tried that with tests # 1-4. I’m slow to learn, I guess. Anyway, it just doesn’t work out very well because it messes with the texture. And the ingredients list on the seasoning isn’t terrible so there’s no need to make things harder for yourself. 

Here's the handy recipe card: You can print it out here.)

 

Do you have another quick and easy way to roast peanuts? I'd love some ways to jazz up snack time, so be a bud and post in the comments.

 

Happy roasting and celebrating, friends. And whatever you make, make it yours!

 

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