Thursday, May 28, 2009

Boiled Peanuts

I crack open the soggy shell with an faint POP and the hot brine drips over my fingers. I squeeze out the three pearls of taste and savor the salty deliciousness that is boiled peanuts.

Yeah, I know. Boiled peanuts, aka goobers, are pretty much a southern thing and most likely you fall into one of three categories:
1) love them
2) hate them
3) have never had them.

I fall into the "love" category in case you couldn't tell. The best ones come in paper bags from roadside stands that pop up on the weekends selling local vegetables each summer.

A few weekends ago, I made a batch of my own. So I thought I'd write up my version of boiled peanuts but found that Lisa of Champaign Taste had already done pretty much the same dish and did a bang up job blogging about it. Go check her blog out....I'll wait.
Then I thought that I might write a great post about the history of goobers but I found that What's Cooking America had already done an exemplary job of that.
But darn it (such foul language, Chris?), I spent 8 hours boiling these things and took pictures so you're gonna see them :)

Soak the peanuts in plain water for at least 8 hours (the longer the better....well, reasonably. They'd be pretty gross after 3 or 4 weeks of soaking.) and then rinse them well. Peanuts DO grow underground.
Ingredients are simple. Green peanuts (raw peanuts work but take longer to cook), 3/4 c of salt per gallon of water, and 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning.

Boil them for what seems to be forever, adding water as needed throughout the process to keep the level of liquid up. I ended cooking my batch for just over 8 hours.

Like good BBQ, boiled peanuts are done when they're done. You'll know because the shells soften and the peanuts take on a bean like consistency.

Mmmmmmm can't you just taste them?


  1. I've never had boiled peanuts but I'll trust you when you say they are tasty.

  2. It's been years since I had them. My folks used to have a place in Georgia, when I was in college, and we'd sometimes stop and get some at a roadside stand. My parents didn't care much for them, but I thought they were quite tasty!

  3. I LOVE boiled peanuts. That is the problem. I tend to lack all personal accountability while indulging in them.
    Boil them for what seems to be forever is so accurate.~Mary

  4. I never have had boiled peanuts! What is the taste difference in roasted? See I am not a no it all chef at all!

  5. Oh God! I love boiled peanuts too! they are better than the grocery bought packed peanuts! you can even make your own peanut butter out of 'em!

  6. You do realize my heart is broken because you've NEVER made boiled peanuts whe I've visited!


  7. I've heard about these, mostly from my relatives born south of the Mason-Dixon line. They look delicious, but I'm allergic to peanuts and don't think cashews would work quite the same way :)

  8. I heard you were a 'nutt', not a '--tt', I could keep this going till Texas freezes over!

  9. I have not had boiled peanuts, but I have a pension for beans! So if they are similar i'm sure they would be delicious.

  10. Heard of them, but never had any...sounds tasty though...

  11. I want to try this. Love me some peanuts.

  12. Hey, you did the peanuts. They look fabulous, and I wish I still had some. Must order more. Are you able to get green ones, and if so, where? Wonder if I could get hold of any.

    I like your 3/4 cup of salt per gallon water. The Lee boys said 1 cup per, and I found that to be excessive. Also, did you add salt during the cooking process as you added more water? (Need to perfect my technique!).

    Thanks, this is great.

  13. Boiled peanuts. What can I say? One of the greatest so-called delicacies of the South. I grew up in GA and now live in TX. They have no idea what boiled peanuts are, nor do they know anything about real fried whole catfish (They eat filets). Anyway, I recently made a trip to the panhandle in FL where I so gratefully got to eat some peanuts that had just come out of the cast iron pot (the only way to cook them). Good is not the word...........Nothing goes better with hot, fresh boiled peanuts than ice cold beer. And for those of you who want to try them, whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances buy the canned ones in the grocery store. Those are from Mars.!!


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