Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to make Boiled Peanuts or Roasted Peanuts

My sis just had her baby three weeks ago, so this has been such an exciting and busy time in my house.  My husband and I went up to visit my sister and her family two weekends ago and had a great time.  Our newest niece is just the most precious, and beautiful little girl I've ever met!  We got to see my parents while we were up there too, and then my parents came to visit us in NC.

While they were here we made a trip out to the coast (Oak Island Area) and had a nice time despite the cool temps.  One day we even made it to a local farm market where we found some "green" peanuts!  I was super excited to be able to buy green peanuts so that I could boil and roast some!  So here's how y'all can do it too!  :)

note:  Although we know peanuts as "nuts" they are truly legumes, so here is one method of preparation as a legume (boiled) and one basically as a nut (roasted).

The green peanuts.
How to Boil Peanuts:  

Take your green peanuts, put them in a large bowl and rinse them off thoroughly.
 Then place them in a pot and add about 1/4 c. salt for every cup of green peanuts.  Cover with water.
 Bring to a rolling boil, and then let simmer for about 1 hour or until done.  
Serve warm so people can enjoy the experience of cracking open the shell in their mouths, sucking out the salty water and eating the fresh boiled legumes inside.  :)  Enjoy! 

How to Roast Peanuts:
Start off by rinsing off your green peanuts.
 Then toss the rinsed peanuts with some salt (as much or as little as you'd like) and place one a sprayed baking sheet.
 Roast (or "bake" really) in a 325degree oven for about 1 hour turning every 15minutes or so.
Enjoy at room temperature!  :)

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