Though I’ve lived in Atlanta for ten years, I’m not a huge fan of Southern food. But there is one thing that I’d never had before moving to the South and really like: boiled peanuts! My friends Joan and Sean had a Halloween party last night and I offered to bring some boiled peanuts, since they’re big fans too.
I remembered that Carol had made them before, so I emailed her and asked if she had a recipe. She told me that she just puts them in her crockpot overnight with lots of salt.
To start, you need raw peanuts. Preferably raw green peanuts, but we couldn’t find them. It actually took going to three grocery stores (a crappy Kroger, a nicer Kroger and finally Publix, where we had success.) to find raw peanuts.
From what I read, these dried raw peanuts would work fine, the cook time would just be longer than if we’d used the raw green ones. It did take a long time to cook, but the results were worth it. For those who haven’t had them, boiled peanuts sit in brine and they’re kind of mushy, but in a good way.
Boiled Peanuts in the Crockpot
1 pound dried raw peanuts
1/4-1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp cajun seasoning or more to taste
liberal dose of Texas Pete Hot Sauce
1. Wash the peanuts and put them in the crockpot and cover with water. The peanuts will float.
2. Mix salt, cajun seasoning and Texas Pete into the water.
3. Heat on low for 8 hours.
4. Turn heat up to high for 12 more hours.
I don’t think it’s possible to overcook these, but you do need to check on the water level from time to time and add more water if necessary. Happy Halloween!