This Sunday is Easter Sunday (if you’re of a certain faith). It’s a family day. A day for Easter egg hunts, family brunches, and that sort of thing. However, for those of us in Red Sox Nation, we know this day by its other name, Opening Day. Not only is it Opening Day, we’re playing host to the Evil Empire. Like Boston Mayor Menino said in 2004, “‘Much like a cookie, I predict the Yankee dynasty will crumble and the results will be delicious for Red Sox fans.” (gotta love the food reference).
Baseball has me thinking snack food for watching the game. Want to put out something special for this special Sunday night game? Try these quick and easy smoky peanuts. Baseball and peanuts go hand and hand. The sugar and salt make for an irresistible sweet and savory combination. The hints of smoke from the tea leaves haunts your mind. Personally, I’m a big fan of smoked foods and have almost become desensitized to most mildly smoked foods. When I make this again (and there’s no question that I will make these again), I’ll double the amount of smoked tea leaves to enhance the smoke flavor.
Adapted from Gourmet Today
1 tbls lightly beaten egg white
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp Lapsang Souchong tea leaves, crushed with the side of a large heavy knife if coarse
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup salted cocktail peanuts
Put a rack in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk together egg white, sugar, tea, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in peanuts and spread in one layer on baking sheet.
Bake, stirring occasionally, until the nuts are dry, about 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet on a rack for about 20 minutes. Nuts will crisp as they cool.
Do I really need to tell you how to serve peanuts? I thought not.