When hosting a party for a large group of people, it can be difficult to prepare snacks everyone will enjoy. But the next time you rush to purchase large bags of potato chips and party platters, consider a simple (but salty) solution: boiled peanuts.

Like buttery popcorn at the movie theater, boiled peanuts are the perfect finger food when watching a game. Not only do they go wonderfully with cold beer and soda, but they are incredibly addictive.

As the name suggests, boiled peanuts are traditionally cooked on the stovetop by boiling raw peanuts in salty hot water until they have reached your desired level of softness. However, a slow cooker is a wonderful alternative for containing this process without the fear of burning the peanuts if you forget to stir them during a great play. Slow cookers also are great for making sure your food is cooked evenly and will keep your snacks warm well after halftime.

This is my favorite football party recipe for Boiled Peanuts prepared in a slow cooker, including a dash of spicy cayenne.

Helana Brigman is a food writer, photographer and cookbook author. She can be reached with daily recipes at http://clearlydeliciousfoodblog.com or via email at hbrigm1@tigers.lsu.edu.