My most recent trip brought me to Mississippi to visit my youngest daughter, Adrienne, as she graduated from the great University of Mississippi State. Hail State! On the road, we stopped along the way for many treats and of course “research and development” for our menu. It got me thinking a lot about the south in general and all of the yummy food that we’ve tried and what is still out there to discover.
Here in the South, we have some pretty wacky traditions that date back to pre-civil war days. One of my favorite traditions is…Boiled Peanuts. Yep, you read that correctly. Boiled peanuts. I know you are thinking, “Why on earth would you boil a perfectly good crunchy and delicious peanut?” Well, it is quite the debate here in the South, as most people either love them or hate them.
I happen to be one of the ones that absolutely loves boiled peanuts! They have a salty and briny flavor and a meaty texture that you just can’t beat. It brings me back to memories of my mother cooking them in our kitchen when I was a little girl. I have also enjoyed them at many roadside stands on my travels. Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are all notorious for selling these at gas stations to passing travelers.
They are sometimes referred to as Green Boiled Peanuts, not because they are green, but it refers to their age. They are picked before their maturity and cooked in their raw state. You must not boil peanuts that have already been cooked or roasted.
The ingredients are simple; Green Peanuts, Salt, and Water. You will need about 2 pounds of peanuts and 1 1/2 cups of salt. Cover these ingredients completely with water in a large stockpot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 1-3 hours. Depending on how firm you like yours. I prefer a soft and meaty texture, so two-3 hours is my go to.
Here is my recipe for Southern Boiled Peanuts:
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!