For those of you who have never tried boiled peanuts, try these. For those of you who claim to hate boiled peanuts, make these. These boiled peanuts are extraordinary, quote unquote. I made a large batch while on vacation in Jacksonville and everyone thought they were outstanding. I know it's sort of a southern thing but trust me on this one, will yuh?
1 box Zatarain's Crawfish, Crab and Shrimp Boil seasoning blend box*
1/4 cup pink himalayan rock salt*
1 bag raw jumbo peanuts*
1 jalapeno, optional
*You can find Zatarain's in the spice section at the grocery store next to the other seafood spices
*If you don't have rock salt, use whatever salt you have, start with a lesser quantity and just taste and adjust to your liking.
*You can usually find these during the spring/summer, located next to the roasted peanuts at the grocery store- I bought these (the brown bag)
In a large crockpot add in the contents of the seasoning blend. The blend of spices is in a bag that is supposedly safe to boil in, but the bag looks like it's made from a form of plastic, so please do not boil in the bag. I repeat, do not boil in the bag.
Add in the salt and peanuts along with enough water to fill half the crockpot. You ideally want the water to cover the peanuts, but the peanuts float- so eye ball it. You may need to add more water halfway through the cooking time if the majority of the peanuts aren't submerged.
If you want the boiled peanuts to have a little kick to them, dice the jalapeno and add that in too. Just remember, if you add in the seeds of the jalapeno these boiled peanuts will turn out much spicier than if you omit them.
Cook on low for 24 hours or high for half/ a third of the time, check periodically and stir occasionally. Break open a peanut shell and taste, once the peanuts are soft and juicy they're done.
Serve warm and store the leftovers in the fridge in a little of the cooking brine.
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