Boiled Peanuts

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Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
Jane Bruce

Boiled Peanuts

For anyone not from the South or not familar with boiled peanuts, it can sound like an oxymoron: "Why would you boil a peanut?" is a frequent question from the unitiated.

But for those who grew up on them, it's another form of comfort food. Salty, sometimes spicy, and always delicious, boiled peanuts are a great snack, appetizer, or conversation piece.

It's important to have a lot of time and patience on hand when making boiled peanuts for the first time. Everyone has different opinions on how soft and salty they like their peanuts, so it's not an exact science. But with a little practice, boiling peanuts can be one of the easiest and tastiest snacks to make.

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Ready in
3-6 h
4
Servings
968
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
1 1/2 pounds of boiled peanuts

Notes

Boiled peanuts can be made overnight, but it is safest to use a Crock-Pot in this scenario.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup seasoned salt, preferably Lawry's
  • 1/4 cup ground chile
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pound peanuts, raw and in the shell

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a pot. If there is not enough water to cover the peanuts, add more water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally, once an hour at most, letting the peanuts boil for 3-6 hours until the peanuts are of a soft consistency. The timing depends on the age and size of the peanuts, so starting at 3 hours, check the peanuts to assess whether they are done.

If you would like the peanuts to be saltier and spicier once they are fully cooked, turn the heat off and let them sit in the water for a few more hours.

Boiled Peanut Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Boiled Peanut Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
84g
100%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
53%
Protein
44g
88%
Carbs
28g
9%
Vitamin A
5µg
1%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
32%
Vitamin C
13mg
22%
Vitamin E
14mg
71%
Vitamin K
1µg
2%
Calcium
188mg
19%
Fiber
15g
58%
Folate (food)
410µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
410µg
100%
Iron
8mg
44%
Magnesium
297mg
74%
Monounsaturated
42g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
21mg
100%
Phosphorus
644mg
92%
Polyunsaturated
26g
N/A
Potassium
1230mg
35%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14%
Sodium
2618mg
100%
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
73%
Zinc
6mg
38%

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