Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Until I went to college in Georgia I was ignorant to the boiled peanut.  We had been vacationing on the Georgia coast my entire life so I had heard of these regional favorites, though I had never actually tried them until my first football season in Athens, GA.  After that I was hooked!  It didn't matter if we were on our way to St. Simons Island for the 4th of July or driving 316 to Atlanta, if I saw a sign for boiled peanuts we were going to stop and get some!  They are truly one of my favorites and to this day I can't see a bag of raw peanuts at the farmers market without wanting to take it home and make my own boiled peanuts.  Recently in fact when we went to the night market, I was once again easily talked into getting a 5 pound bag of these raw Southern favorites!  It was my brother, Allen, who made this spicy-whimp try the Cajun boiled peanuts this vendor was offering which I actually really enjoyed....I thought it would fun to try so here is what we did!

Cajun Boiled Peanut

2.5 lbs raw peanuts
1 small bottle liquid crab boil
5 tablespoons cayenne pepper
5 tablespoons crushed red peppers
2 jalapenos, diced
1 cup salt

Soak peanuts in water for 12 hours.  Cover soaked peanuts in water in a large stock pot or a 7 quart crock pot.  Note: the peanuts will float when they are raw o just add a ton of water.  Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil and cook for 12 hours, adding water as needed to keep peanuts covered.  
If cooking in the crock pot, cook on low for 12 hours.

One trick I have learned is that once I have finished cooking the peanuts, I let them sit in the salty water for several hours longer.  This time I didn't have 12 hours at home to sit and cook them so I cooked them for several house, turned the stove off, let the peanuts sit in the water overnight, then turned the heat back on when I woke up in the morning....they were delicious!!!  
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1 comment:

  1. Found your recipe on Pinterest and I can't wait to try it. My husband is a boil peanut lover and there is no such animal here in Colorado. He's going to be thrilled.