Southern Hot Boiled Peanuts
aka Hot Bawled Peee-nuts
Growing up in the south I remember pulling over on the side of the road to grab a bag of Hot Boiled Peanuts (pronounced Hot Bawled Peeee-nuts) from a local who had set up their sign along a back road.
Memories of eating the boiled peanuts while they were so hot still makes me laugh. Can’t hold them except with your fingertips and yet you are going to put them in your teeth and bite open the shell! Yeah… you got the idea. Did I say they were called HOT BOILED PEANUTS??
Oh – but they were so worth it! Salty yet sweet…the true flavor of summertime in the south.
I missed hot boiled peanuts when we moved to Ohio. I tried the canned boiled peanuts – DON’T even think about eating that kind ever…
Not even the flea markets sold hot boiled peanuts! Say it isn’t so!!! I found it hard to even find raw peanuts in the grocery store. Then, one day while in Kroger’s, I found the gem of the south..RAW PEANUTS!! Imagine my joy and excitement as I tossed several bags into my cart..Happy Dance for me 🙂
Cooking peanuts is also an art…NOT…. it involves time, water and salt.
1 pound Raw Peanuts
1 cup salt
1. Wash peanuts to remove dirt and debris
2. Place peanuts in a LARGE pot (needs lid)
3. Cover peanuts with water (they will float at first so just fill the pot to the top!)
4. Mix in salt (Peanuts are like potatoes – they suck up the salt)
5. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat to medium-low and cook them forever!**
The forever part isn’t true but they do take hours and hours… the average cooking time will depend on the freshness of the peanuts. On the stove top, they take overnight (10-12 hours). Every hour just give them a gentle stir, rotating the top to the bottom for even cooking. The longer they cook = the better they taste!
As the peanuts absorb the water and start cooking, they will become soft and pliable. Taste the water to determine the salt level desired.
In our house, we eat them right out the pot on the stove. There are rarely any left over to share or keep for another day! If you have any left over, drain and store in refrigerator for up to four days. Eat cold or pop in the microwave to warm.
** I have cooked these in the pressure cooker when desperate. Desperate times do call for desperate measures right? Same prep – wash, place in pressure cooker (do not fill more than half your cooker to allow for movement and swelling), cover with water to fill line, stir in salt (adjust salt to amount of peanuts used) and cook on highest pressure setting for 90 minutes. Release steam and test for doneness. Repeat cooking process for another hour if needed.
Disclaimer: Pressure cooker peanuts are not as salty, soft or in my opinion as good as when they are cooked on the stove or over an open fire for at least 12 hours! Just my opinion.
Disclaimer #2 – Don’t ever, ever, ever ask for boiled peanuts when in the south… it is bawled peee-nuts…just trying to protect you from being laughed at by the locals! And never, never laugh when you see a hand painted sign that reads… HOTTTT BAWLED PEEENUTS!
STOP THE CAR!!! Pay the man for a couple of bags of pure sweet summertime!
Add hot sauce for a little kick