Spice it up! It’s no secret that’s my plan with a whole lot of food. Bringing on the heat is a good thing. Besides all the good-for-you stuff in peppers and spices, the main thing is the tasty factor. Why have something bland, boring, and ordinary when a little kick of heat makes it so much better? It is exactly what I had in mind with Sriracha Spiced Peanuts. Well, that and one other thing…
What else was I thinking about? Major entertaining season is here. You have Halloween, tailgating, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and every excuse in between. Those festive occasions call for food and appetizers really get the party started. They also call for wine and beverages. So I made something to tie the two together. Salty, spicy peanuts make you thirsty. Pour a glass of wine and grab a handful of peanuts.
Let’s start with Halloween. What wine would be fitting for it? The answer is The Divining Rod wine. Why? Because it was created by Marc Mondavi. His success finding water for farmers and vineyards is well-known and led to him earning the endearing title of “water witch.” You can read more about it on The Divining Rod’s story, Wine Re-Devined.
Which wine to pair with Sriracha Spiced Peanuts? I’d start with Divine Red because it is a natural pairing for spicy food. For an alternate red go with The Divining Rod Cabernet to match up with buttery and earthy aspects of peanuts. If white is your preference, The Divining Rod Chardonnay is the one to choose. Be sure to get a pumpkin and ice to make a festive ice bucket to keep it chilled.
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Sriracha Spiced Peanuts
12 ounces lightly salted cocktail peanuts
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
1 teaspoon sriracha seasoning not sauce
1 teaspoon firmly packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place peanuts in a medium bowl.
Stir together butter, sriracha seasoning, and brown sugar. Pour over peanuts and stir to coat.
Spread peanuts out in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, stirring half way through baking.
Cool to room temperature.
Spice up your next party with these Sriracha Spiced Peanuts. They are a festive, quick and easy to make an appetizer with a kick of heat and touch of sweet.
Disclosure: I received 3 bottles of The Divining Rod wine at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or within a guest post.