When you eat peanuts, you're probably eating shelled peanuts from a can, already roasted and seasoned. Even if they are raw, many people will opt for shelled peanuts so that you don't have to peel them yourselves. However, roasting the nuts while still in their shell actually helps retain more flavor of the peanuts. The roasted peanuts are easy to peel and you can enjoy them hot from the oven. Serve this healthy snack at your next get-together with a bowl for your guests to discard their shells.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the peanuts in a bowl and rinse under running water.
Drain and pat dry before adding 2 tbsp. of peanut oil. Toss to coat.
Spread the oiled peanuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the oven. Add salt, if desired.
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through the cooking process.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the peanuts to cool enough so that you can handle them. Crack open the shells and the peanuts while still warm.
Shell all the peanuts and remove the skins to use in other recipes such as peanut butter.