While Hugh seasons his peanuts with Old Bay seasoning and star anise, we found that simply salting the water yields a fabulous product. You can make this ahead; it keeps in the refrigerator up to five days.
Makes 1 cup
1. Process first 7 ingredients in a food processor until coarsely chopped, stopping to scrape down sides. With processor running, pour olive oil through food chute in a slow, steady stream, processing until mixture is smooth. Stir in up to 5 Tbsp. water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, for desired spreading consistency. Garnish, if desired. Serve with pita rounds or pita chips.