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Homemade Boiled Peanuts

Chef George McMillan of FoodBar in Birmingham, AL 

Boiled peanuts are one the South’s most favorite snack foods. This salty treat is perfect for backyard entertaining and game-day snacking. “They work great with football and beer, that’s for sure,” says Chef George McMillan of FoodBar in Birmingham, AL. Chef George has a tip for what type of peanuts to look for when making boiled peanuts: “Green peanuts are a fresh peanut and a little bit larger than the dried ones that you typically see.” In Birmingham, he recommends getting them at the Finley Avenue Farmers’ Market.

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Boiled Peanuts from Chef George McMillan of FoodBar in Birmingham, AL

Homemade Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Chef George McMillan of FoodBar in Birmingham, AL
One of the South's favorite snack foods, boiled peanuts take hardly any effort to make!
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound green peanuts
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 2 gallons of water

Instructions
 

  • Add the peanuts and 1 gallon of water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add the salt, and cook on a rolling boil for 3 hours.
  • Add more water as needed during the cooking process.
  • Taste a peanut to see if they are to the desired saltiness and tenderness. If a more tender or salty peanut is desired, return to boil until perfect!
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