Freshly fried peanuts with garlic and salt are really good. I used to buy those little brown paper bags filled with fried peanuts as a kid (you know the ones that absorb all the excess oil into the paper) outside school or later as an adult when I worked for a bank in Makati. I never bothered to try and cook them myself as it was so easy to just buy them. But since I started this website, I find that my food radar is on more often and I am more than willing to try food related adventures that I hadnâ€™t thought of before. So when I found this great dried legume and fresh nut vendor in the Baguio market, I purchased a bag filled with a kilo of freshly peeled peanuts with their skins on for PHP80 with the intention of trying to make my own fried peanuts. I also bought some great garlic on the way home so I was all set for my fried peanut experiment.
To make just heat up lots of vegetable oil in a wok or pan, pour in the peanuts and peeled garlic and stir until cooked, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oil with a strainer, salt generously and serve hot. They were wickedly good. I wonder if they would be better if fried in peanut oil but that may just be a bit over the top. I also forgot to try a batch with some whole sili labuyo that would create a spicy garlic peanutâ€¦ oh well, there is always next time. Oh, and by the way, the kilo of nuts would easily feed 15-20 people as a snackâ€¦and they would go great with a cold glass of beer or Diet Coke!