Everybody who knows me, knows of my busy Life, being a business owner with two businesses, teacher and mom and recently on a diet, means I’m always looking for healthy ways to give me that extra energy! I have added nuts to my diet twice a day to give me that extra delicious boost! Peanuts are my favorite, with 7 grams per serving, peanuts have more energy boosting protein than any nut. Coupled with their more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients, peanuts are considered a Superfood.
When the Spanish and Portuguese explorers first arrived in the New World, they were exposed to new elements, among them potatoes, chocolate, chillies, tomatoes, corn and peanuts, excited their senses. The Portuguese carried these foods with them as they navigated the world. Of all the foods, the peanut seemed to have the broadest acceptance wherever they landed. While vanilla, chocolate and tomatoes may have excited Europeans, the peanut was cultivated widely in Asia and Africa. In those cultures, as well as at its place of origin in Latin America, the peanut was a central culinary asset; it was a key provider of fat and protein. It was ground and made into a sauce, prized for its thickening ability, and commonly eaten as a snack, either boiled, fried or roasted.
In my country, Brazil, Amendoim (peanut) is used in many main dishes and desserts which are packed with its flavor. It is appreciated not only roasted but also boiled. Maní (peanut in Spanish), is also an important ingredient in many Latin dishes.
Many of the typical dishes in my country are Acaraje, Ximxim de Galinha and various other dishes. But my favorites are the desserts!
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage, I wanted to share a traditional family recipe, which is a dessert, snack and an absolute favorite in Brazil, peanut brigadeiro!
Brigadeiro de Amendoim (Peanut Brigadeiro)
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 2 tbsp of chocolate powder
- 2 tbsp of crushed roasted peanuts
- Peanut halves to decorate
- Cook condensed milk, butter and chocolate in low heat.
- Stir until smooth, add peanut.
- Cool it off on a plate
- Make small balls, coat with confectioner’s sugar and add peanut half to decorate.
This is an amazing small delicious dose of peanuts, as a snack or dessert, it will be a family favorite!
For more information on peanuts, facts and other recipes, please visit the National Peanut Board Website: http://bit.ly/19x0OOp