Boiled peanuts have been a Southern tradition for generations. A favorite way to cook and consume green (young) peanuts, their origins are thought to lie in Africa, making them another cherished food tradition brought to the South by the slave trade. A low and slow boil in salted (and seasoned, if you like) water renders hard young peanuts into delicious crunchy snacks that are the perfect accompaniment to a hot Southern summer afternoon.
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.
Southern food writer, photographer and lover of pie, Elena is from Durham, NC. Read more about Elena’s food adventures on her blog, Biscuits and Such.