Go Nuts With These 15 Cheap and Easy Peanut Recipes
Peanuts have been enjoyed by humans for at least 3,500 years. They were brought to North America in the 1700s, according to the National Peanut Board, and have been common in savory and sweet dishes since the turn of the last century. But despite being high in nutrition and low in cost, peanuts are not often the star of a meal. Home cooks don't need an excuse to try these recipes, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts, but National Peanut Day, on Sept. 13, does put peanuts in the spotlight.
This healthy and inexpensive dish is a breeze to make. Simply sauté precooked broccoli florets with onions and red bell peppers in a bit of oil, soy sauce, and minced garlic. Once coated, add chili flakes and peanuts and sauté for another minute. Serve over rice or noodles.
This easy morning smoothie provides a hefty dose of peanut flavor and all-around nutrition in a sippable package. A recipe from the blog Gimme Some Oven relies on ice for a frosty consistency. But for an extra thick and milkshake-like smoothie, use a frozen banana and ditch the ice completely. Chocoholics can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for extra decadence.
Roasting peanuts at home is a simple way to create a tasty appetizer for parties or on-the-go snacking while avoiding the markups and staleness sometimes found with store-bought flavored peanuts. Add spices such as chili, garlic, and salt to create a custom blend of flavored roasted peanuts, which also serve as inexpensive gifts for birthdays or holidays when presented in decorative jars.
Peanut brittle from a candy shop or gourmet store can cost three times as much as homemade, so if you're a fan of this classic American sweet, it's a good idea to learn how to make it. It's easy -- at least according to the Allrecipes community -- and uses humble, staple ingredients such as sugar and butter. Get creative and try adding other nuts and seeds, such as sesame and cashew.
This spicy and savory Indian dish combines peanuts, vegetables, and spices into a dish that works as appetizer or midday snack. A few ingredients require an unusually well-stocked spice pantry or a trip to an Indian specialty store where it's possible to find mango powder (amchoor) and roasted cumin seed powder (bhuna jeera). A recipe from Manjula's Kitchen works without them, but each contributes a strong and particular flavor that merits an effort to find these inexpensive and aromatic additions.
This dense and filling pie is a peanut butter lover's dream. With only seven ingredients in a recipe from Epicurious, it's a low-cost and minimal-effort pie that easily serves 12, thanks to the rich combination of peanut butter, cream, and cream cheese. Somewhat addictive, it hits the spot on special occasions as an alternative to pricey cakes.