We’ve all been in the situation: Bellied up to a bar with a frosty cold one, mindlessly wolfing down salty communal nuts of questionable origin. We all know that these communal nuts are there to keep us thirsty and ordering more beer. But can they be made better? Not so salty? More flavor? Of course they can, this ain’t rocket science, people, they’re nuts. Here’s what you need to make your own Spicy Bourbon Peanuts:
- Bourbon (We are using Jim Beam, but feel free to use whatever brand you like)
- 2 Cups of Peanuts (We are using dry roasted, but plain peanuts work too)
- Sea Salt (Fine Ground)
- Cajun seasoning
- 1-2 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- Parchment paper
Step 1: Marinate Your Nuts
Pour nuts into a bowl. Cover them in bourbon. Let soak for an hour. Drain in a strainer and keep in the strainer while you prepare the pan.
Step 2: Heat Your Skillet
Heat your skillet on medium high heat. Toss 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan and adjust heat so that butter doesn’t brown.
Step 3: Heat Your Nuts
Toss the strained nuts into the pan and stir to coat evenly with butter. Allow nuts to lightly brown for several minutes, stirring regularly.
Step 4: Make Your Nuts Sweet
After browning for several minutes, turn down heat to low and add a tablespoon or two of honey (depending on how sweet you like your nuts) to the peanuts and stir to coat. Continue stirring for approximately 1 minute.
Step 5: Chill and Season Your Nuts
Turn the heat off and gently spread your nuts on the parchment paper. While your nuts are still hot, season generously with sea salt and Cajun seasoning. Let cool.
After your nuts have had a chance to cool, they will harden to their pre-soaking state.