Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boiled Peanuts

boiled peanuts
Growing up I ate my fair share of boiled peanuts as an after school snack. During a few road trips down South (United States) I remember seeing numerous road signs for boiled peanuts.  The first time I saw these signs I was very excited since I have never seen it sold anywhere in the US especially living in Maine!  I remember stopping to purchase some, I opened up the hot shells and popped one in my mouth to find the nut to be just mush.  I guess the nuts had been boiling all day!   

I was in an Asian grocery recently and bought a 2-pound bag of raw peanuts. It took a bit of time to boil them but that was worth it. They tasted as good as I had remember them from my childhood living in the Mekong Delta (Vietnam).

Boiled Peanuts 

Ingredients:

2 lbs raw peanuts, rinsed
1 tsp salt (optional)
Water

Method:

1) In a large pot add the peanuts.
2) Add salt (if interested) and water.
3) Cover the pot and let the water boils gently, add more water as needed during cooking, cook about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the nuts are soft to your liking.

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