Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts, spicy & delicious

Boiled peanuts, spicy & delicious

Boiled Peanuts

Spicy, Juicy, Delicious, Addicting BOILED PEANUTS!!!!!  How can it be that a boiled peanut can be addicting????  I have always LOVED them!!!  After Katrina, we moved our family to Mobile to have some sort of “normal” for our kids.  All the while, driving back and forth to Pascagoula to sort through what might and might not be salvageable.  My guilty pleasure amongst all of the disaster was stopping for my fix of boiled peanuts for the drive back to Mobile.  I am not kidding when I say I knew every single gas station or farm stand between Mobile and Pascagoula that sold boiled peanuts.  EVERY. SINGLE. PLACE.  I knew which ones had the biggest peanuts, which ones were more flavorful than others, and which ones that just were not worth the effort….  ( I have to add that I gained 35 lbs during this time, as well).  I had never really been successful at boiling my own… I was going for the crock pot version and I swear it took days for them to even think about getting done.  Not to mention the flavor was never exactly spot on. Here is where I need to add that for really good boiled peanuts, you have to go heavy on the seasonings.  What is going to seem like overkill on the spices is going to yield the perfect taste of a cajun boiled peanut.   Over the last couple of years…  I have given boiled peanuts another go and I think I have hit upon something that may be beyond any gas station peanut!  Right now, the grocery stores are plentiful with raw peanuts (green peanuts) that are HUGE!!!  I had heard about boiling and freezing them but was skeptical…  On my last batch, I saved a few to freeze and to my surprise, I thawed them today and they were as flavorful as the day I put them in (texture was great, too). So…for this recipe, I am boiling a lot of peanuts so I can freeze them in quart freezer bags to pull out for a delicious snack in the future.  I hope you will give these a try but hope you can exercise a little more self control then I have!!!

Ingredients List:

5 lbs raw peanuts ( don’t be like me and hand pick the biggest peanuts in the bin…  The produce manager frowns upon this and prefers that you use the provided scooper).  And when I say raw or green, I don’t mean dried…  Those are for roasting and that’s a completely different post for later!

3/4 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup coarse ground black pepper

4 chicken bullion cubes

4 overflowing capfuls of Zatarain’s liquid Shrimp and Crab Boil

3/4 – 1 cup powered Swamp Fire

2 heaping TBS red pepper flakes

2 heaping TBS garlic powder

2 heaping TBS onion powder

2 heaping TBS minced garlic ( I use the kind in the jar)

6 – 7 bay leaves

1 – fresh jalapeño pepper, thin sliced (optional)

Enough water to fill the pot

Peanuts boiling & floating before they are cooked

Peanuts boiling & floating before they are cooked

Cooking Instructions:

In a large colander wash and rinse the peanuts.  Dump the peanuts into a 16 quart pot and add all of the seasonings.  Fill the pot with water.  Notice that for quite some time, the peanuts are going to float on the surface.  Turn the burner on high and bring to a boil.  It takes a while for the water to boil but don’t walk away.  Believe me when I say that the minute you do, the pot is going to boil over and it’s going to be a mess!!!!  Pour yourself a glass of wine and sip until the water boils.  Once it is boiling, turn it to medium heat.  Add the lid to the pot but leave it cracked open just enough to let some of the steam out.  This is going to cook for 2 hours.  You may even have to add a little more water throughout the cooking process.  If you have to add more water, then bring it back to a boil.  When it returns to a boil, turn it back to medium, add the lid (cracked).  After the two hours, just turn them completely off but don’t take them off of the burner.  Let them cool in the liquid.  Most of them will sink to the bottom of the pot.  Let them cool to room temperature.  If you haven’t already eaten half of the pot by now, you can ladle them into freezer bags and either refrigerate them or freeze them.  Be sure and add just a little pot liquid to each bag.  Not too much…  you don’t want them swimming but just enough to keep them moist.  I hope you LOVE these peanuts as much as I do and freeze some to pull out 3 months from now when its freezing cold outside!!!  XXOO

Serve & Enjoy!!!