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Sponsored by the Texas Peanut Producers Board. Share your big-batch recipes that are appropriate for a family reunion or cookout
Contest ended March 10, 2012
We are no longer accepting entries for this contest as of March 10, 2012. Please visit our Contests Page for something more current.
CULINARY CONNOISSEURS: Share your favorite crowd-pleasing treats with Texas Co-op Power readers for a chance to win prizes and the esteem of family and friends across the state.
Whether you’re cooking for your family on a holiday or feeding all of your friends for a party, we all love to gather around and share good times with great food. Preparing food for a large group can be a tedious task, but it’s always worth it once the cooking is all said and done. Try creating a new flavorful, healthy twist in your crowd-pleaser snacks by incorporating peanuts and peanut products in your recipe!
Peanuts boast a taste the size of Texas and are part of a healthy diet. Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free, packed with protein – the most of any nut, have zero trans-fat, and contain more than 30 essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Plus, they help reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. According to the FDA, a 1.5 ounce serving of most nuts, including peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
We’re excited to see (and try) your recipes, so hurry and enter your best original big batch recipes today! The deadline for receipt of the entries is March 10, 2012. Winners will be announced in our July issue.
With a taste as big as Texas, peanuts & peanut products make a great addition to any recipe!
Peanuts: We’re not just talking about the famous Goobers (though, we love those too!)–there are actually four peanut varieties and all can be found here in the great state of Texas! Try incorporating one of these tasty (and healthy) nuts in your recipe:
• Runner peanuts boast a uniform kernel size that allows for even roasting and is often used for peanut butter.
• Spanish peanuts have smaller kernels and are used for a variety of cuisines.
• Valencia peanuts are typically the sweetest of all market types. Usually roasted and sold in-shell, it’s also popular for all-natural peanut butter.
• Virginia peanuts are often referred to as the “ball-park” peanut. With a large kernel size, it’s commonly used as a gourmet snack.
Peanut Butter: Long gone are the days of choosing between creamy or crunchy. Now you can find many that come in a sweet or savory variety; flavors include dark chocolate, banana, maple, onion parsley and Thai ginger. No matter what flavor you choose all peanut butters are naturally trans-fat and cholesterol-free. Peanut butter is great on its own or as a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes — from your silver screen snack to desserts to beverages or whatever your culinary mind can cook up!
Peanut Flour: This fat-free, gluten-free flour gives a boost to a variety of food items. It’s a great thickener for soups, a flavorful and aromatic ingredient for a variety of breads and pastries, as well as a creative and flavorful coating for meats, fish and other center of the plate proteins.
Refined Peanut Oil: Looking to fry up your movie snack this month? Turn to peanut oil as a pleasant flavor enhancement. Plus, you won’t feel so guilty since this oil is naturally trans-fat and allergen-free and has no cholesterol. It does not absorb food flavors and has a high smoke point of 450°F, making it very durable.
Aromatic Roasted Peanut Oil (Unrefined): This oil retains a rich, golden color and is a flavorful alternative to other first processing oils. Naturally trans-fat and cholesterol-free, it is a great choice for salad dressings, roasting vegetables and more.