Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I learned that no respectable person’s pantry lacked Old Bay seasoning. If you’re not familiar, Old Bay is primarily used to season seafood. The most popular application is probably a low-country boil. I had heard that “Old Bay Peanuts” were a thing in Maryland and knew I had to make a recipe. The bacon perfectly sets off the Old Bay flavor. Pair with your favorite beer and you can’t go wrong!
Old Bay & Bacon Peanuts Recipe
2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
2-4 pieces of bacon (cooked & crumbled)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Sugar
1 Tablespoon of melted butter
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix and toss to make sure the peanuts are evenly coated.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Make sure the nuts are arranged into a single layer.
Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Bake an additional 15 mintues.
Cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes, allowing the spice to firmly adhere to the nuts. Put in a bowl and mix in bacon pieces. Store in an airtight container.