Peanuts for Super Bowl 47

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Tomorrow is the day.  We leave Washington, DC for the packed streets of New Orleans to watch the beloved Baltimore Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47.  Can you imagine playing against your sibling in the sport’s largest game of the year? My sister, Whitney, and I used to swim against one another at the NBAC meets, and I thought THAT was tough! I read a piece that said the Harbaugh parents will wear black on Sunday — no red or purple in sight!

As we head south for a weekend of parties, brunches, tailgates and the big game, I’m figuring out what to pack and taking in as much as possible about New Orleans — it’s also my first time in The Big Easy.

From the busy French Quarter to the hilly streets of San Fran, there are recipes galore to enjoy during the game, but I came across a unique creation from Baltimore’s own Spike Gjerde of Woodbury Kitchen that I thought was interesting and a great option to have on hand for snacking.

Fried Old Bay Peanuts

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1/2 tsp Old Bay (or dried and ground fish pepper)

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp celery seed

1 tbsp salt

4 cups lard (or canola oil)

3 cups raw peanuts, shelled

Preparation

Combine spices with salt and reserve. Warm lard in a wide pan over medium heat. If you have a thermometer, lard should be around 325 degrees F. Carefully add peanuts and fry for 3-4 minutes, until they take on a little color. Drain and season with spice mix, tossing to coat.

What are your plans for the big game?

**Photo and recipe from Esquire magazine**

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