As the nights are getting longer, summer around the corner, we tend to spend more time in the garden, on our balconies or in parks. It got me craving boiled peanuts. They remind me of when I was really little, living in Suriname. This is a snack you would find when going to the warungs. There is an area called Blauwgrond where they would have little Javanese food stalls all clustered together and those people sold the best food ever. Think Bami, Nasi, Petjil, Teloh, Satay, Lontong, Tempeh, Spring rolls and lots of sweets like Kue Lapis, Golong Golong, Klepon, you name it, they sold it. So now back to the future, this snack is something I never see in Holland. Seriously, never. So why not make it myself. My one go to source is a dear friend of our family Miss M, who always helps me out when I want to learn something. So I told her about my peanut adventure and basically she told me how to dot and it was a success.
For those of you who don’t know, its raw peanuts boiled in salt water for a few hours. I love to suck the water inside the peanut for that nice and salty flavor burst and then the peanut itself. So addictive, so when you start eating them, be aware that you just can’t stop. They are nice to have on a summery day with an ice cold coke or beer.
Recipe for Boiled peanuts
500 gr Raw peanuts
Salt – 3 TBsp
Rinse your peanuts in water and let it sit for at least an hour.
After an hour, drain and set aside.
Take a big pot and put in the peanuts and now add in enough water covering almost the whole pot.
Add in salt and bring your peanuts to a boil.
Taste the water of your peanuts. If you think that it’s too bland, add in some more salt but be careful. Start with 1/2 TBsp and taste.
Now boil on medium to low heat and as I am too impatient, I start tasting a peanut every now and then because I can’t wait for them to be done.
It takes about 4 hours till they are done and nice and soft. Tasting is important too as you don’t want them to overcook.
Be sure to add some extra water during the boiling process as they should not cook dry.
When almost done, your salt water has minimized but there is still enough left to cover the peanuts.
Cool off and store in the fridge. At least if they make it to the fridge. Mine are finished the same day most of the times.
Funny note is that when I was in Curacao last year, I saw that they also had boiled peanuts. I googled and found out its a snack also known in the Southern part of the USA. What a revelation. They have all kinds of flavors too: some combine star anise and salt or cajun style or spicy with cayenne pepper.
For more inspiration, check out my other recipes too.