Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Star-Anise Spiced Peanuts

Ingredients: (serves 8)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups whole raw unsalted peanuts
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs white sugar
1/2 inch-piece orange rind
2 small fresh red chillies, halved lengthways
1 tsp ground star anise

Heat oil in a wok over medium-low heat to 350 F (when oil is ready, a cube of bread turns golden brown in 15 seconds). Add half the peanuts and deep-fry for 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Reheat oil and repeat with remaining peanuts.
Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, orange rind, chilli and star anise in a non-stick frying pan over low heat. Bring to the boil. Add nuts and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until coated. Transfer to a bowl and set aside for 1 hour to cool. Use tongs to remove orange rind and chilli.

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