I usually think of peanuts as a grab and go snack, but I must admit, there are a lot of delicious ways to use them when you’re cooking or entertaining.
The crunch, the seasonings, and the flavor are an easy way to take your everyday and turn it into something extra tasty.
I’m excited to share some of the ways I like to use peanuts in recipes. And thanks to my partnership with Whitley’s Peanuts, I have a lot of delicious flavors to work with.
*This post is sponsored by Whitley’s. All opinions and product choices are my own.
I have been a fan of Whitley’s for several years. In fact, before I started to partner with Whitley’s, I was featuring their various nuts in my content, like my popular “how to build a charcuterie board” video, seen below.
It all started with that first crunch of their small batch roasted extra large Virginia peanuts. I’ve always loved nuts, but Whitley’s are special.
This family owned company has been perfecting peanuts since 1986.
The delicious flavor combinations of Whitley’s seasoned peanuts are what inspired me to make some of the recipes below. I started with the flavor profile of the seasoning, and then came up with some flavorful ways to use peanuts in the recipe.
3 Ways To Use Peanuts In Salads
One of the easiest ways to use peanuts outside of snacking is in place of croutons in a salad. Whitley’s fire roasted onion and garlic peanuts are especially good for this.
I love them in a caesar salad. The seasoned peanuts with the saltiness of the parmesan cheese and the creamy dressing are a delicious combination! Salad with crunchy flavor? I’m in!
Speaking of a salad with crunchy flavor… wait until you try my Mexican street corn recipe!
This is a staple recipe for me in the summertime with fresh corn, but you can use frozen corn too. When I added Whitley’s Hot Jalapeno Ranch seasoned peanuts to this recipe, it took this corn salad to a whole new level. And don’t let the word “hot” deter you. They have a subtle hint of heat, but nothing too spicy!
First, if you’re wondering if corn and peanuts go together, just think back to your youth with sweet popcorn and peanut combinations in Cracker Jacks and Fiddle Faddle. If it works with a sweet flavor profile, why not savory?
This Mexican street corn salad has delicious tang from the lime juice, cilantro and Cotija cheese. But when you add in a little crunch with the hot jalapeno ranch seasoned peanuts? Now you have extra layers of seasoning that complement the other ingredients and boy does it taste great!
I didn’t realize that this salad needed the crunch factor in the texture, but it made such a difference! I don’t think I’ll ever make this salad without these seasoned nuts again.
And what happens when you take a recipe that already has peanuts as an ingredient and change it up by adding a seasoned version?
That’s what I did with this Thai cucumber salad recipe. Salted peanuts are already an existing ingredient (so feel free to use Whitley’s original salted peanuts), but I wanted to see what would happen if I used Whitley’s Thai Sweet Chile peanuts instead.
What happened? More flavor and more taste. It was good before, but the extra seasoning played so well off of the dressing, it took good and made it better.
Charcuterie Boards Are Perfect For Peanuts
As I mentioned above, I first started using Whitley’s products when I would create a charcuterie board. I love the way the crunch of Whitley’s extra large batch roasted peanuts add a wonderful texture and balance to the flavors of various meats and cheeses.
I’m going to share a little entertaining secret with all of you. One of my favorite ways to create an entertaining board is to use peanuts in a crunchy, snack mix. And luckily, Whitley’s makes one of those too, so preparation is that much easier!
Whit’s Party mix should come with a warning. One handful will not be enough! It’s a great mix of sweet, salty and savory and includes peanuts, almonds and sesame sticks.
This peanut mix isn’t only good as a part of a meat and cheese board. It’s great to have on hand anytime you want to put out a quick snack for company — or for you!
Peanut Ideas For Dessert
I don’t know what it is about peanuts and ice cream, but they are such a good combination!
You can take regular peanuts, warm chocolatey fudge, vanilla ice cream and create an at home version of a Dairy Queen peanut buster parfait. That’s so easy, right?
Here’s another ice cream sundae idea. Take Whitley’s peanut crunch bites (a buttery and sweet peanut bite with a hint of vanilla) put them on top of your ice cream, and drizzle the bowl with caramel.
Frankly, the bites are so good with just the caramel drizzled on top, you may just eat it that way. Not that I know anything about that 🙂
Whitley’s Makes Cooking So Easy!
Whether it’s their original salted extra large peanuts, one of their 11 seasoned flavors or a peanutty sweet confection, Whitley’s provides plenty of culinary inspiration for using peanuts in your recipes.
And if you’re not a cook, no worries! Just having Whitley’s on hand makes anybody look like an entertaining superstar.
You’ll find a complete assortment of Whitley’s products HERE. Enjoy!
From my kitchen to yours,