Five ingredients and only 15 minutes and you’re on your way to one of the most addictive snacks you’ll ever have. Honey is combined with a touch of cayenne pepper, butter and salt to make salty, sweet Honey Roasted Peanut Clusters that you’ll find hard to resist.
Monday. Again. Where does the weekend go? Blink of an eye, I tells ya! My sister-in-law informed me of some exciting news this weekend. Anthony Bourdain is coming to Newfoundland! YES, Anthony Bourdain – star of CNN’s foodie/travel show Parts Unknown! It’s one of our favourite shows. Have you ever watched?
I think if I saw Anthony Bourdain in the street, I would have to go up to him and ask for a picture. Would I be one of those people who plays it cool and is like ‘yeah, whatever; he is only a celebrity.’ Nope. Like, when would I ever see him again?! Ha! Listen to me….I’m talking as if I’m actually going to meet him. If you saw a favourite celebrity of yours, how would you react? Now that I’ve got that off my chest, how about some delicious honey roasted peanut clusters??
How to Roast Peanuts
These peanut clusters are pretty simple to whip up. And I used raw, natural honey. Buy the best you can. You won’t regret it. So creamy. So delicious. Basically, heat the honey, butter and cayenne on the stove top for a couple of minutes until the butter melts. Then, pour over your peanuts and sprinkle with salt.
Word to the wise – do not, I repeat, DO NOT touch that hot honey—> I touched the hot honey?
What the heck was I thinking? My gut got the best of me. Weeeeeeeell, let me tell you. The sound that I let out was ungodly. I swear the neighbours heard me. I freaked the fur baby out and everything. So, listen, don’t touch hot honey, ok?
So, basically, all you do is –
- Melt butter into honey on stove top and whisk to combine. Stir in cayenne.
- Pour over raw (unsalted) peanuts and stir to combine.
- Spread peanuts onto parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake 5 minutes.
- Stir nuts, rotate pan and bake another few minutes.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Place in a bowl and stir a little (clumps will naturally form as they cool). Break into desired size clusters.
Tips for Making these Honey Roasted Peanut Clusters
- Start out with ‘unsalted’ peanuts.
- Use the best quality honey you can find.
- Love a little more heat? Add a touch more cayenne.
- A little pinch of salt really does these honey roasted nut clusters wonders! It has that whole sweet/salty situation goin’….which I LOVE!! A larger flaked salt works better than, say, table salt.
- Watch these peanut carefully! Like all nuts, they can burn fast and ovens can vary! Check on after 5 minutes. No one wants burned nuts. No one.
- After they’ve baked, you can sprinkle with a touch more salt and let sit for a couple of minutes. Then, place in bowl and stir until cooled. These nuts will naturally stick to each other in little clusters cause of the honey so what you are left with is little bites of goodness.
These peanut clusters make for a delicious homemade food gift or even a hostess gift over the holiday season. Package them up nice and pretty and they definitely will be well received!
Other Easy Snack Recipes you May Enjoy
Whenever you are craving a snack, whip these up; you won’t be disappointed!
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon?
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Honey Roasted Peanut Clusters
- 2 cups unsalted peanuts
- 1/4 cup wildflower honey -or your fave.
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper -or more, to taste
- 3/4 tsp salt -divided
- In a small, heavy bottomed pop on medium heat melt butter into honey (or, alternatively, melt in a microwave safe bowl for 45-60 seconds). Stir in cayenne pepper.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Place peanuts in a bowl and pour honey/butter mixture over top and stir to combine.
- Spread peanuts out evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt. Bake 5 minutes.
Carefully remove pan from oven and stir nuts and rotate pan and bake for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with another 1/4 tsp of salt. Let sit a minute or two and then place in a bowl. Stir. You want little clumps of nuts (about 3-5) in a clump (they will naturally stick together). Stir every couple of minutes until cooled slightly, breaking up, as desired. Yields 2 cups. Enjoy!