Of course the Superbowl is about football, but let’s not forget the party food. Whether you are attending another person’s party or crashing on the couch to watch the game Sunday, you must make my addicting Rose Candied Peanuts.
With just four ingredients this is an easy, aromatic snack to make that can be nibbled on while the Seahawks beat the Broncos or added to your lunch bag. This healthy, sweet combination takes only a couple of minutes to make and is easy to transport to a party.
Sprinkling rose water on the peanuts gives them a sweet, floral aroma unlike anything you’ve smelled before.
A bottle of rose water can be purchased at most Asian food stores and other gourmet markets for $5-10. I used roasted peanuts, but try almonds too. The candied peanuts can be stored for about one week if they stay out of your hands that long.
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3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup roasted peanuts or almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons rose water
Dissolve sugar in water and bring to boil in small saucepan. Combine the water, sugar and peanuts in a saute or frying pan. Cook on medium high heat, stirring often until the syrup evaporates. Sprinkle rose water on nuts, stir and let cool.
Want to jazz up your pasta dinner with a little color? Try flavored or colored pasta like squid ink. While the thought of squid for some people may make them say – yuck- I know many of you are daring enough to try it.
My video will show you just how easy it is to create this visually stimulating dish that combines squid ink pasta, scallops and fresh vegetables.
Frankly the best part of the squid ink pasta is the deep, rich black color. Cephalopods like squid release the dark liquid as a defense, and the liquid is extracted from the ink sacs of the squid when they are being harvested.
Black squid ink pasta is the perfect color contrast to the seared scallops. Photo by Christine Willmsen
And for those who are scared of the flavor – fear not – squid ink pasta tastes very similar to wheat pasta with a subtle salty flavor. There typically is a small percentage of ink that’s added to the water and dough that creates the black color. Squid ink pasta and other types such as tomato, basil and spinach can be bought at gourmet grocery stores like Central Market for $9 and online at Marx Foods.
In my last video and blog post I showed you step-by-step how to sear scallops in a pan like a professional. Now that you know it’s simple to cook scallops, making this dish will be easy to do when you get home from work. A great wine to pair with this dinner is a glass of Spanish Albariño.
Hot in the Kitchen: Squid Ink Pasta with Seared Scallops
Boil squid ink pasta for eight minutes. Photo by Christine Willmsen
1/4 bag of dry squid ink pasta
3 defrosted or fresh large scallops
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 gloves garlic minced
1/4 cup red pepper diced
3/4 cup cherry or small yellow tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped thyme and parsley (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse scallops, pat them really dry with paper towel and lightly season with salt and pepper. Pour one tablespoon olive oil into pan that’s reached medium-high heat and add scallops. Don’t move or flip them. Cook for two to three minutes until brown. Flip and cook an additional two minutes. Remove scallops from pan and let them rest. Boil pasta in unsalted water for 8 minutes.
In the pan combine the remaining olive oil, garlic, red peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Sauté for approximately six minutes on medium heat, then add basil, thyme and parsley and cook for an additional two minutes. Add scallops to the pan to warm them up. After draining the pasta, combine it with scallops and sauce.