SUPERBOWL IDEAS : Boiled Peanuts


With the Superbowl coming up this weekend, all week I will be highlighting some ideas for your game day eats, here’s one:

BOILED PEANUTS

Many people north of the mason-dixie line have never had or heard of boiled peanuts. I would even say that many people in south aren’t very familiar with them as well. The practice of boiling peanuts likely came from african slaves. I made them last week for the NFC/AFC championships and they are great to pick at with a frothy beverage

Here is a basic recipe to get you started. I pour a bit of hot sauce and Cajun seasoning in my water. After a couple of hours of cooking taste your water and peanuts (they will not be done and still a bit crunchy but you can get an idea of flavor) and adjust according to your taste.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound of raw “green” peanuts (not the color green, but fresh raw peanuts which are called green peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt (or 2 Tbsp table salt)
  • 4 cups water

Put water, salt, seasoning, peanuts in a large pot. Bring to a low boil. Cover and reduce the heat just enough to maintain a low boil. Boil for about 3 hours or longer. The peanuts should be soft with no crunch but each person has their own personal preference.

I turned off the heat, drained a small bowl full of nuts and set out for eating. As the bowl was emptied I would drain another batch and add to the bowl.

If you have leftovers you can refrigerate and eat for a couple of days but they will go bad unlike roasted peanuts.

“The process of boiling peanuts also draws antioxidants from the shells. The boiled peanuts have four times the antioxidants of raw or roasted peanuts.”

GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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