What can match the crunch of salty and savory baked beans in the summer? Roasted peanuts have a stronger flavor than unprocessed nuts and are perfect for snacking on parties and other seasonal events. In fact, baked beans are suitable for use in some cake recipes. Believe it or not, making your own baked beans is easy and fun. Just follow a few simple steps to make this South American snack at home in no time.
- Peanuts shelled or shelled (as many as desired)
- Salt, to add flavor (optional)
- Additional seasoning, to add flavor (optional)
Method 1 of 2: Roasting Beans
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 177ºC
While waiting for the oven to heat up, do the next few steps.
Step 2. Decide what nuts you want to use, shelled or shelled
The steps for roasting these two types of beans are very similar, but there are a few things to consider before getting started:
- Peeled nuts are better suited for peanut butter and cookie recipes because you don't need to peel the skin again. If making peanut butter, use Spanish nuts which have a higher oil content. If you want, you can also peel the skin off by hand before or after baking.
- Peanut shells should be washed briefly in cold water to remove any remaining soil. Pat the nuts with a paper towel and allow them to dry for about five minutes on an iron rack.
Step 3. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet or baking sheet
The nuts should be spread evenly on the baking sheet and not stacked on top of each other for an even roast. If you have too many nuts to bake at once in one pan, divide the nuts into portions.
For easier cleaning, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This isn't as necessary as in other recipes, but it will keep the nuts from sticking to the pan
Step 4. Roast the beans
Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven to make sure all the nuts are toasted evenly. Set a timer and you can just relax as the beans don't need to be flipped while roasting. Baking times vary depending on the type of beans being cooked.:
- For skinless peanuts, bake for 15-20 minutes.
- For skinned nuts, bake for 20-25 minutes.
Step 5. Remove the beans from the oven
The beans will ripen on their own once they are removed from the oven. Be careful, the baking sheet and nuts are very hot (especially the peeled nuts). Place the baking sheet in a safe place for cooling, such as on the stove.
Step 6. Cool and season the nuts before eating
Nuts are ready to eat when they are cool enough to hold by hand. Baked beans are delicious unsalted, but you can add a pinch of salt (it should be no more than a teaspoon or two). Please enjoy!
Method 2 of 2: Choice of Variations
Step 1. Try unshelled peanuts
The husk around each nut is harmless, in fact some people prefer to eat peanuts with the husks over nuts without the skin. But if you want, you can peel the nuts with a salad spinner. Swipe the toasted nuts between your hands over the salad spinner, letting them fall into the salad spinner. Once all the nuts are inside, close the spinner and spin until most or all of the husks are removed. You may still have to peel some of the epidermis by hand.
Here's another way of peeling nuts: first, place the roasted peanuts in a jar or container and shake or wrap the nuts in a clean towel and rub. Pour in the nuts, then take the jar, container, or towel outside and let the wind wash away the nut shells
Step 2. Use creative spices
You only need a little spice to make the roasted beans even more delicious. There is no one correct seasoning, but there are some suggested ones below:
- A little sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon will make for a delicious sweet snack.
- The combination of Cajun seasoning and a pinch of salt gives the beans a richer flavour.
- The addition of Cayenne powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika will make your roasted beans a spicy South American snack.
Step 3. Coat the nuts with the liquid seasoning
Liquid seasonings can be used to coat nuts and give them a strong and tantalizing taste. For best results, nuts should be coated before roasting. Coat the nuts with a thin layer of the liquid seasoning of your choice and roast as usual so that the flavor of the spices soaks into the beans. Since you're using liquid ingredients, it's a good idea to line the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Again, there are tons of layer options. One classic example is honey roasted peanuts. To make the nut coating, mix equal parts honey and melted butter until well combined. Two tablespoons of each ingredient is enough to coat 500 grams of nuts. Coat the nuts with the prepared layer and sprinkle with salt before putting them in the oven. Bake as usual
Step 4. Grind the roasted peanuts to make peanut butter
Believe it or not, making natural peanut butter from skinless peanuts is easy; You can simply crush, chop and grind the nuts until they are thick but smooth. Check out our peanut butter recipe for steps to make. As said earlier, Spanish nuts are the most suitable for peanut butter because they contain the most oil. You can use a food processor, blender, or manual tool such as a masher to grind the nuts to a smooth consistency.
- For a crunchy peanut butter texture, chop a handful of nuts and dip them into the finished peanut butter.
- Sometimes, some cooks add a little honey, molasses, salt, and other spices to their peanut butter to add flavor. But, without any additions, the peanut butter will already taste good.
- Technically, nuts are seeds, not nuts. Nuts are high in nutritional value and contain healthy monounsaturated fats.
- Since nuts are high in fat, the best time to season them is as soon as they come out of the oven. You don't need to add a lot of seasoning, the hot fat will absorb the flavor from the spices and leave the pan full of salt and result in bland peanuts.
- Peanuts get very hot when they are freshly roasted due to their high fat content. Handle with care and supervise children in the kitchen when using high-temperature cooking utensils.
- Even if peanuts are roasted, this doesn't necessarily mean they will be safe for people with peanut allergies.