This is a dish of boiled peanuts. You love them, you hate them, or you just haven't had them; they are not a foodstuff about which there is much neutrality.
It's quite likely the texture. Perhaps the smell. Maybe the mess.
This probably seems self-explanatory from the name, but the popular roadside snack is made by boiling raw or "green" peanuts (or "p-nuts" as they're often touted) in heavily salted water until the shells soften and the nutmeat loses any snap. Devotees pop 'em open and slurp them out of the shells like edamame with a Southern accent, but again - there are issues.
The shells are soggy from their multi-hour brine bath, and your fingers will stink and sting for hours after they've pried open a couple dozen and teased out the mushy, earthy legumes. You'll probably also get a fleck of shell in your hair or some brine spattered on your shirt.
This did not deter the business-suited gentlemen and linen-frocked ladies lunching on the porch of Charleston's Husk Restaurant on a recent sunny afternoon. There, like the patrons gobbling them down, the peanuts are a bit gussied up. Chef Sean Brock's rendition of South Carolina's official state snack is tangled in strands of salty country ham and spiked with tear-coaxing jalapeño peppers. They're sloppy as heck, and there's no way to down them daintily, but servers carried pail after pail of them to well-heeled patrons who just did their best to minimize the collateral damage.
A brine stain can be scrubbed, and the salty reek will dissipate, but a love (or loathing) for boiled peanuts - that's sunk in too deeply to wash away.
No roadside stand near you? The Lee Bros. can tell you how to make them at home, and they or Hardy Farms can ship you the makings. Peanut Patch makes a perfectly acceptable canned version for when you just can't wait or spare the boiling time.
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I love boiled peanuts but they have to be the spicy hot variety.
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I have to say that the picture is nothing if not plain unappetizing. That looks like cat puke. Why wouldn't you have just chosen some nice plump jumbo peanuts, shelled and unshelled, boiled to their soft, salty goodness and display that instead? Southerners don't disrespect boiled peanuts by hiding their flavor under a bunch of heat!
The best are made from freshly dug, green peanuts. Packaged raw peanuts aren't bad, but they are usually pretty dry and have to be cooked a lot longer (like dried beans). In the very deep south you may find boiled fresh peanuts occasionally when they are in season, but even here most of the roadside variety are made from packaged peanuts, and probably packaged a long time ago.
The comparison to edamame is apt, although it had never struck me until recently. I gave a young friend here some edamame and he said "Not bad. Kinda like boiled peanuts."
Don't dis the chef for adding ham and jalapenos. How else is he going to charge five prices for 'em? And much as I like them straight out of the pot, I've been thinking about trying them chilled and marinated with other vegetables as a salad. That's one of my projects for the summer.
Tried them about two decades ago. I did not like them at all. I tried them again about a year ago. Still did not like them at all. I guess they're just not for me.
Boiled peanuts are loved around the world. We ate them for lunch with char siew pork and rice, while living in Singapore. They are neither mushy nor smelly when cooked properly. They have a meaty taste, similar to edamame, but more savory. They are easy to make, learn how at Boiled Peanut World. http://www.boiled-peanut-world.com/
Boiled peanuts in the shell? Seems that's almost peanut soup.
You don't eat the shell, Shirley, and you don't serve them in a bowl with the brine... You really should try some. Being a true South Carolinian, boiled peanuts are a must have part of summer and life in the lowcountry. Personally, I'd stick with just plain old boiled peanuts. All that spicing and dressing up takes away from the magic that is just the boiled peanut and it's delicious salty goodness.
When I moved to GA from MA, I fell in love with boiled peanuts right away. There is nothing like driving from the city and stopping on the side of the road for some Cajon spiced boiled peanuts in a brown paper bag from a good old boy. They are wonderful!
Nothing better than a roadside stand selling boiled peanuts. A pickup truck, a cooker, some guy in t-shirt, jeans and a worn baseball hat. Messiest snack food around, but worth it! Even boiled peanuts in a can are a treat.
I wholeheartedly agree!!!
Just seeing this picture makes me crave some good 'bolled peanuts'! Best part of when I lived in Alabama!
Along US19 in Florida, we see alot of signs for Cajun bolled paenuts. If you lik-em bolled goobers, it might be interesting to try. Maybe even adding Old Bay or seasoned to your water instead of plain ole salt would make a flavorful alternative.
40 years ago living in Ft. Myers Florida, I was introduced to boiled peanuts by a native SW Floridian.
Popped out of their shells and dropped one by one in to a bottle of " co-cola. "
Get a good handful of peanuts in to the bottle and then start drinking the coke and chewing on the peanuts as they floated out with the coke.
As awful as it sounds – it was really, really good.
Never did that with boiled peanuts but our whole family would open a little snack back of roasted salted peanuts into a bottle of coca cola and it was sheer heaven!
Boiled peanuts are a great way to really explore the peanut as a bean. A sweet, sticky, salty, richly flavored bean. It's also a great way to learn the deep African roots that contribute to American Southern food.
Peanuts with African roots? Interesting thoughts considering the American Indian introduced peanuts to the European Explorers. Yep domesticating and cultivating peanuts started with South American Indians.... If only Cortez hadn't wiped their civilizations out.
If you read carefully, you'll note that nothing the poster you responded to contradicts your 'history lesson'. African Americans have contributed greatly to the American food culture.
I've had them prepared that way several times while visisiting Africa. They were very mushy and smelly.
I did not know people in the US ate them that way, but I guess it's only in the South, so that makes sense.
smelly must be the water mine give a slight "cooked bean smell" but I presoak and change the water
just finished boiling and eating 10lb on Saturday. thou I never tried it with onions and peppers
The first time I heard of them I could NOT bring myself to try them. Then, a friend made a batch of cajun boiled peanuts and I got hooked. They are an "acquired" taste...but a wonderful one indeed!
I heard a New Yorker say the same thing, "Seems like an acquired taste". But when it came to warm banana pudding he was like "Please Sir, may I have another!".
funniest boiled peanut story: a friend's sister & boyfriend (from NY & Boston) were visiting in NC. We all went to see the local AAA team (Charlotte Knights, located in SC- I know, but it works). It was both the visitor's first trip to a minor league game. The guy comes walking around w/ the peanuts, and BF shouts for some like you would at a big league ball park and gestures for the guy to toss his peanuts over, rather than just passing them down the same path his $2 went. After a moment & a shrug, the bag of peanuts got tossed. BF got saltbrine on his shirt. The look on his face was priceless- he had never heard of boiled peanuts. It could have been a mastercard commercial w/ the look on his face. He gamely tried them, and then the rest of us split them and hailed the roasted peanut vendor for him. :-) fun memory.
I've always said southerners boiled peanuts because they're too stupid to know how to dry roast them.
I always provide catchers masks and chest protecters whenever I roll out # 88 into the peanut fields. The tire smoke adds a special taste to the peanuts,and my Farmer is happy 'cuz I'm always turning left.
Well the peanut is not even a nut. It's a legume, so it would make sense that people would eat them boiled. That being said, give me them roasted any day. Boiled is WAY overrated, and the only reason why the people in SC and GA eat them that way is because they don't appear to know any better. It's like some kind of traditional cult-ish phenomenon. Maybe they were starving at one time and this is all they had.
During the hot summer you'll see people along the road selling them and displaying a sign that says, "boiled peanuts." Sorry, but the last thing I want during a hot summer day is something boiled. More power to ya if that's what floats your boat.
Yea we don't know any better. Whatever, I guess you don't either.
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thank you Norm for that tibit of information we all know that peanuts are a league and not a nut thanks
hey cheers is calling they miss your tidding of useless information that no real person cares about.
Any idiot knows Cliff is the one with all the trivia on Cheers. Go back to Possum Crotch and learn how to spell "legume."
Had 'em, didn't like 'em. Had 'em again with beer, liked 'em a little better. I don't drink much beer these days, so guess what happened to them bolled paenutz? Thanks, but no thanks.
I'm from Hawaii and it is a local favorite. Onolicious!!
A friend of mine in Georgia actually produces some of the peanuts for Peanut Patch and she sent me some years ago. They were quite good out of the can. Just heat them up in a shallow pan with a little of the juice from the can and eat them, with or without the shell...which is kinda stringy and chewy. The nuts themselves are soggy, yes, and it's a little hard to get used to. It's an acquired taste if you weren't raised with them.
I've never tried them but the Title of the article: "Lick the Screen – Boiled Peanuts" makes me ask, if I lick the screen of my laptop will it taste like boiled peanuts?
I LOVE, LOvE,LOVE me some boiled p-nuts! Cajun' are me fav. but I'll eat the plain ones too! I used to live in NC and got a big bucket every Friday for the family to snack on for the weekend. Alas, we moved to VA 5 yrs ago and they are not to be found here. So anytime I visit my peeps in NC I still go by and clean out the store of their fresh hot boiled p-nuts! Cajun and regular...I bring them back and cherish the yumminess! Matter of fact I'm traveling back down this April and will hit up my old store and empty them out again....YUM, can'twait!
Yee Haw! Good for you, Opie! Thanks for sharing your life story!
Pop them open? I was introduced to them in West Africa, where you gobbled them whole with an ice-cold Biere Benin in your other hand. Pure heaven, and the only thing that got me through the dry season. I didn't remember how much I liked them until I saw the article. Thanks for the memory.
Do they taste anything like peanut butter? Seems like they would...but if not, I'd still try them because they look all kinds of good.
One more question, does anybody eat the shell?
No they don't taste like peanut butter, sorry and yeah I can eat them with or without the shell, but your jaws will get a workout doing that. They're stringy, tough and tastes like salty cardboard lol.
No, they taste more like beans.
no...you pop the peanut out of the shell and eat them. You wouldn't eat the shell.
Not even close. They taste like boiled beans. Boring boiled beans.
I've tried this before. It gave me nightmares
Leaving New Yawk,with a trailer full of whatever I would Always stop on the service road outside of Brunswick,Ga ( my fuel stop )-hit the air horn twice, raise 5 fingers as I left the cab and would receive 2 bags of boiled peanuts, and 3 bags of salted peanuts. For some reason,Georgia peanuts in the early season,especially Boiled were always Super Tasty for the trip to Miami.
You boil them in salted water and serve them just as they come out of the pot. You don't put all that stuff on them as seen in the picture. Some Yankee wrote this article.
Makes me think of this:
I agree. No one east of Texas would put jalapenos on boiled peanuts. Not even sure Texans would. Californian's, yes.
Yeah, a Yankee wrote this. No upstanding white trash hillbilly would write something so strange!
it took 5 years and many many times "trying" them before finally loving them and making them at home often.
Many years ago, mom moved from Canada to the south, and yes they were an acquired taste, but she acquired the taste and the knack. Miss you mom and your homemade boiled peanuts.
They are an acquired taste. I love them now, but initially was really turned off by them. Couldn't stand them, so I ate another. And then another. And another. Now, I'm wanting some just reading this!
O_o I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Curious, but never tried them (p-curious?). However...South Carolina's official state snack? I realize all states seem to engage in this silliness, but c'mon...how do we keep voting for people who waste time and resources like that?
I can't believe you didn't even mention Allen's! They are better than Peanut Patch and cheaper, http://store.allencanning.com/Search_results.asp?CatID=23491
You should give them a try and let your readers know.
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Tried 'em with a southern friend who warned me I probably wouldn't like 'em. She was right. Definitely an acquired taste.
typing "'em" takes longer than typing "them". for me at least.
Sorry-learned typing in the days of mechanical typewriters with nasty ribbons. 'em is no big deal. I have massive pinkies from those days :-)
Best thing on earth. Dont knock it till you tried them. Never seen the jalepenos on them but yeah. I cant knock it.
My grandpa was in Vietnam and would write my grandma telling her how much he missed home (South Carolina) and all the things that reminded him of home like sweet tea and boiled peanuts. One day he went out into a city I'm not sure which one but he smelled a familiar smell and was drawn into an alley where he found a woman making boiled peanuts. He bought as many as all the money in his pocket would buy. My grandma still has the note he wrote her later that night telling her all about finding boiled peanuts in Vietnam.
Your grandfather was right in missing sweet tea and southern boiled peanuts. I'm from Florida and LOVE those two!! A-mazing.
great story. Boiled peanuts is indeed popular in Vietnam. My father here in the US buys them raw, and steam them for hours until perfect then he'd sprinkle some light sea salt
That is awesome.
Had them and Enjoyed them in South East Asia as Bar Snacks much like Edamame in Japan . I don't remember them being super Salty or Mushy. They seemed fairly 'Tame' compared to Assorted Fried Insects or some of the other even LESS identifiable TREATS that were shared with me.
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