So it’s finally football season and fall is here. This is my favorite time of the year. The leaves are starting to change, candles are being lit, flannel is starting to be worn on the regular, and the football games are beginning. Football season is one of my favorites because it means big family gatherings, sporting your favorite team, and big rivalries. On a Saturday afternoon you can usually find me in the kitchen preparing somewhat healthy meals for everyone. One thing that I always order at a football game and always cook this time of year are my homemade boiled peanuts. It’s sort of a tradition. I’ve been eating boiled peanuts ever since I moved down south and when my northern family comes into town I make them a bowl and they end up loving it. It’s still shocking to me that boiled peanuts are only a southern thing. They’re perfect for this cooler weather because they’re so warm and juicy.
If you search the internet for boiled peanut recipes you will probably find traditional and Cajun because those are the most popular flavors. I typically cook mine with a bit of spice leaning more toward the Cajun style but today I wanted to do things a little untraditional. Instead of pouring in a ton of salt and Cajun seasoning I decided to pop these suckers in the crockpot with a low country boil bag. This usually consists of mustard seed, coriander seed, cayenne, bay leaves, dill seed, allspice, and sometimes celery seed. All of these flavors infused into a warm peanut is what I consider the perfect game day food.
I love going down to my local farmer’s market and picking up a 5-pound bag of dried peanuts. I recommend cooking them versus buying them because you get a ton more for your money. If your farmer’s markets are already closed, I have also seen them at Kroger. Another thing that I love about these boiled peanuts is how easy and simple they are to make. All you need is a large pot or a crock pot. Fill it up with water, throw in your seasoning packets and boil for a couple hours until they’re soft enough. As an hour passes your house will smell delicious.
4-5 pounds fresh green peanuts
1 cup salt
1 bag of low country boil seasoning packet
Wash the peanuts and place them in a large pot. Fill and cover them with water. Add the salt and the seasoning packet. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for 2 hours or until they reach the desired softness. If you like your peanuts saltier let them sit and brine in the water for longer before rinsing them.