With all of the junk food available today, it's hard to say no.  Or at least it is for us.  But lately, we've been trying to cut down on the potato chips, popcorn, and cookies.  It's tough, but we've also got some figures to look out for and a budget to keep up with.

I was in the mood for a snack for Sunday's football games and was limited with what I had to work with.  Luckily, I had some raw peanuts in the pantry and a few spices that I thought would make an interesting peanut combo!  I haven't been able to stop snacking on them since!


2 cups raw peanuts
juice from 1 lime
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large shallot, sliced thinly
salt, to taste
small handful of cilantro, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the peanuts and lime juice.  Toss well and let sit for about 30 minutes.

Drain the peanuts and pat them dry with a paper towel. 

Heat a large skillet under medium high heat.  Add olive oil and cook until shimmering.  Add the shallots and cook until crisp, about 2 minutes or so.  Remove shallots from oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add about half of the peanuts to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Transfer cooked nuts to another paper towel-lined plate and season with salt.  Repeat with remaining half of peanuts.

Stir in cilantro and crisped shallots and toss well.

Keep the peanuts in an airtight container for no more than 1 week.  But then again, they won't last that long! 

One of my favorite things about these peanuts is that they're so crunchy and perfectly seasoned.  There's nothing like frying up your own peanuts – haven't done it?  Try it today!