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Hot Peanuts (Cacahuates con Chile)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pequin chiles
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups raw Spanish peanuts, shelled

Instructions

  1. Place the oil, chiles and garlic in a small saucepan and warm over low heat for 3 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to come to the simmering point.
  2. Blend the mixture for 2 minutes and let it stand for 1 hour.
  3. Blend again for 1 minute, then strain the mixture into a small container.
  4. Toss the peanuts with 2 teaspoons of the flavored oil until they are well coated; place them in a large cast iron skillet.
  5. Place the skillet with the peanuts into an oven preheated to 300 degrees F and roast them, stirring every 5 minutes, for a total of about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  7. Salt peanuts to taste, then serve.