I've had the same half-empty (or is it half-full? I guess it depends on where you fall on the optimism spectrum.) bag of peanuts sitting in my refrigerator since I used them to make a peanut sauce in the spring, and tonight I decided to finally do something with them. See, I'm a bit of a compulsive cleaner. So if something has overstayed its welcome in my fridge (or closet, desk drawer, etc.), it's time to either make use of it or give it the boot. Luckily for these peanuts, I was feeling generous tonight and so I saved them from a sad and certain death at the bottom of the trash bin.
I think this preparation would work great with other nuts (or mixed nuts, if you're fancy fancy like that), so don't feel you must limit yourself to peanuts. There's a whole variety of nuts out there in the world - and how!
Maple-Chili Roasted Peanuts
(makes 2 cups)
2 cups (8 ounces) shelled peanut halves
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss ingredients until the peanuts are evenly coated and spread in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let cool before serving or storing in an airtight container.