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Boiled Peanuts

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Boiled Peanuts

Last spring, the National Peanut Board sent me some peanuts and coke as part of a national campagin to raise awareness about how delicious it is when you put peanuts in your coke.  During the email exchange they asked me if there was anything else they could do and I said “well, if you’ve got any green peanuts…”  And here we are.

When we got home from Savannah & Charleston we were very excited to see a box full of peanuts on our doorstep.  Well, I was very excited.  Dan didn’t know what to expect.  I put them aside until this past Saturday, when we held our second annual Eastern North Carolina Barbeque.  As you may know, smoking pork takes a zillion hours, and with party goers arriving as early as 11, I wanted something for people to nosh on.  Namely, I wanted boiled peanuts for people to nosh on.

First of all, for those of you who have never had a boiled peanut, they’re heaven. The specialty of roadside stands across the south, they’re salty, mashed-potato like, perfectly delicious peanuts.  You boil the green peanuts for hours in salted, spiced water, then eat them hot.  A delicacy, in my opinion.

They were a hit. Thanks, Peanut Board!

Boiled Peanuts

1 lb fresh green peanuts

2 quarts water

1/2 cup kosher or sea salt

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp chipotle spice

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Boil for 3-5 hours, or until peanuts are tender.  Strain and serve.

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9 Comments

  • Rob Johnson

    16.10.2011 at 14:44 Reply

    Really love the food texture of these!

  • Vonda Driver

    17.10.2011 at 05:32 Reply

    Being from the south, I love boiled peanuts. Northerners don’t get the soft peanut thing, but they are deish.

  • Joy

    17.10.2011 at 05:51 Reply

    I LOVE boiled peanuts. I make them in a crock pot instead of on the stove. It takes longer but they turn out great with little effort.

  • Jamie

    23.10.2011 at 18:14 Reply

    I’ve been dying for some boiled peanuts. Thanks for the recipe

  • Patsy

    07.05.2012 at 21:08 Reply

    You are right…they are a delicacy! I cooked some this weekend…used raw peanuts…they take longer to cook, but I can’t find green peanuts here in the Dallas area. I’m a Georgia girl, and have to have them, so one of my sweet friends ships me green ones every year. God bless her! I cook mine in a crock pot.

  • Kristina

    30.06.2012 at 09:50 Reply

    I’ve always wondered how you eat these. You boil them in the shell and serve them that way, and then squish or pop them out into your mouth like a garlic clove?

    • elena

      30.06.2012 at 10:25 Reply

      You peel them and pop them in your mouth!

  • Don Parker

    23.08.2012 at 12:33 Reply

    Where can I get green peanuts? I’ve tried web searches. It does work with dry peanuts, but takes much longer and not as good. Help.

    • elena

      23.08.2012 at 12:35 Reply

      I’ve gotten them from a local farmers market, it might be worth it to search around your area to see if any small farms grow them, you can get them in bulk depending on where you’re located. Sites like this http://www.boilednut.com/ also seem to send them via mail.

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