Not that it matters to anyone else other than me, but I’m 7-8 in playoffs picks (the one loss, obviously being the Steelers Wild Card Weekend).

Baltimore Ravens – New England Patriots

I’ve seen some late-week picks going for the Ravens after early predictions had the Pats heavy favorites, despite Ed Reed calling out his quarterback Joe “Ed Hardy of Unibrows” Flacco for being scared against the Texans. Sure, New England has a pretty weak defense compared to Baltimore, but all four of the Ravens 2011 losses came on the road, including giving up games to the listless Jaguars and San Diego Chargers. Picking the Patriots over Baltimore 31-17, but really rooting for a meteor/bird flu outbreak in Foxboro on Sunday. (I guess the Patriots are a lesser evil. YOU MEMBER I SAID SOMETHING NICE ABOUT YOU NEXT SEASON PATS FANS.)

New York Giants – San Francisco 49ers

Ted Ginn’s status is the only thing keeping me from jumping all the way on the Niner bandwagon. Watching Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks have been an absolutely delight the past few weeks have been a master class in “shutting up the haters” with their high-scoring offense that has really come into their own since mid-December, but when Jim Harbaugh has the league believing that Alex Smith (Alex Smith who not just once but twice had to fight Shaun Hill for a starting spot!) is a Super Bowl quarterback, that’s something special. I’m taking the 49ers over the Giants 30-27, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see the same score with New York on top.

Homemade Beer Nuts

Canned nuts are expensive and more often than not, kind of have a stale taste to them. Making your own beer nuts is easy and allows you to season them how you like them. Perfect munching material.

You will need:

1 pound raw peanuts, either with or without the skins
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 teaspoons kosher salt

Optional seasonings:
Cayenne pepper, chili powder, cardamon, cinnamon, all spice

In a large open skillet, combine the raw peanuts sugar and water.

Over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer stirring occasionally to prevent the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Once the sugar starts to granulate, add the salt and a pinch or two of any seasoning you may be using.

Reduce the heat slightly keep stirring until the sugar is completely sandy and sticking to the individual peanuts.

Remove from heat and stir a bit more to keep the peanuts from sticking together. I usually switch to a slotted spoon at the point so I can shake off the excess seasoning from the nuts.

Spread on a lined cookie sheet and allow to completely cool.

Serve.

If kept in an sealed container, homemade beer nuts keep for 2-3 weeks (but won’t last that long around hungry snackers).

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Homemade Beer Nuts
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Recipe type: snack
Author: sarah @ sarahsprague.com
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 8-10
Fresh peanuts make for great game time snacking. And flinging at the TV.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound raw peanuts, either with or without the skins
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Optional seasonings:
  • Cayenne pepper, chili powder, cardamon, cinnamon, all spice
Instructions
  1. In a large open skillet, combine the raw peanuts sugar and water.
  2. Over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer stirring occasionally to prevent the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the sugar starts to granulate, add the salt and a pinch or two of any seasoning you may be using.
  4. Reduce the heat slightly keep stirring until the sugar is completely sandy and sticking to the individual peanuts.
  5. Remove from heat and stir a bit more to keep the peanuts from sticking together. I usually switch to a slotted spoon at the point so I can shake off the excess seasoning from the nuts.
  6. Spread on a lined cookie sheet and allow to completely cool.
  7. Serve.

 

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2 Responses to Homemade Beer Nuts: 28 Days of Super Bowl Recipes

  1. chard@honey roasted pecans says:

    This menu is so simple but its too delicious to taste.It is very easy to prepare and have a great nutritional value. This menu is affordable to everyone so why not try this yummy home made beer nuts.

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