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Hot Peppers and Peanuts in a Spicy Condiment

June 04, 1987

"Long ago a friend gave me this recipe, which my children just loved," says Sheila Thompson. "They are grown now, but the recipe is still popular."

CACAHUATES PICANTES

3 tablespoons olive oil

16 small dried hot chiles

2 cloves garlic, pressed

24 ounces dry-roasted peanuts

1 teaspoon salt or less, optional

1 teaspoon chili powder

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add chiles and garlic. Saute 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Stir in peanuts and transfer to foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Mix well. Cool. Transfer to glass jars, cover and let mellow at room temperature about 24 hours.

After 2 days, remove peppers since they get hotter with time. Makes 5 cups.

Note: For longer storage, keep in freezer or refrigerator up to 3 months.

--SHEILA THOMPSON

Pacific Palisades

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