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