This blog is dedicated to my awesome friend Chris Church who handles the technical problems I cause.
Boiled Peanuts. Is there really anything better? These little legumes are a true staple and symbol of summer for my life. Prior to the request from my friend Chris that as payment for his support with this blog I write about boiled peanuts, I honestly had never considered making them at home. To my delight, making these hot and salty little snacks was very easy.
Now, this is where I typically dive right on into the ingredients. Before I do that – let me side step for a second. As I mentioned, I had never made boiled peanuts before. But, being a Southerner with a dedicated love-story with both boiled peanuts and cooking, I had long discussed how they are made with friends and family. There is a long-standing debate about the necessity to use GREEN peanuts (or raw, fresh peanuts that have had no moisture removed) as opposed to normal RAW peanuts which have been dried. I am here to tell you YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE GREEN PEANUTS. The cooking time just has to be significantly longer. You can Google various methods for making them with RAW peanuts, but don’t tell anyone I told you to or certain members of my family might start coming after me yelling “BLASPHEMY!”
Anyway, I did use GREEN Peanuts. Here is how I made them:
2 Pounds Green Peanuts
½ Cup Salt
Add the peanuts to a large stock pot and cover with water and cover. Over medium-high heat, bring the pot to a low boil. Once the water is boiling, add the salt. Turn down the heat so that the peanuts remain at a low boil. Boil for three hours. After three hours, check for texture and saltiness. If the peanuts are not salty enough, add salt in ¼ cup increments. Once the peanuts are cooked, turn off the heat and let them sit for an additional 1.5 – 2 hours. The peanuts will soak up a considerable amount of liquid during this time, so I recommend not during off the heat until you have the amount of salt already in the pot.
After that, they are done! Let them cool a little and eat them immediately if you like them warm, or put them in the fridge if you prefer them chilled.
BONUS: Cajun Boiled Peanuts
For Cajun Boiled Peanuts, add the following ingredients to your water:
3 Jalapenos, sliced
2 tablespoons Red Pepper Flakes
2 tablespoons Creole or Cajun Seasoning (like Tony Chacheres)
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder