For anyone not from the South or not familiar with boiled peanuts, it can sound like an oxymoron: "Why would you boil a peanut?" is a frequent question from the uninitiated.
- 1 cup salt
- 1/4 cup seasoned salt, preferably Lawry's
- 1/4 cup ground chile
- 4 quart water
- 1 1/2 pound peanuts, raw and in the shell
- 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 peanuts can be made overnight, but it is safest to use a Crock-Pot in this scenario.