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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Recipe: Snacking on Chinese Boiled Peanuts

We were at the Asian grocery this weekend, when I spotted a bin of raw peanuts in their fridge. It was the first time I had seen any for purchase, and was excited to pick some up to try boiled peanuts at home, a snack I had read about on various occasions, but thought unlikely we would get to taste them.

These are nothing like the dry, roasted peanuts we are used to. They are sweet and spiced, and similar to soft beans, like edamame. You could also add a dried chili or a small nub of ginger to the braising liquid for a spicier snack. 

Chinese Boiled Peanuts

Adapted from Serious Eats

3 cups raw peanuts in shell
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cloves

1. Rinse peanuts well, making sure the shells are clean. Add the peanuts to a pot and cover with water.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
3. Bring the water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 3 hours. 
4. To serve, remove peanuts with a slotted spoon, and eat while warm. 

These were a fun and tasty snack. Pea didn't care for them, because they have the same texture as beans, which she does not care for. Elle particularly enjoyed them with a sprinkle of salt. It was fun sitting around the table, squeezing open the shells, and tasting the peanuts, with lots of giggling all around. 

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  1. Sounds lovely, especially with the salt. I love salty foods!

  2. We had Georgian boiled peanuts once, but they are not spiced as yours. Only my husband liked them. They do have a strange texture.

  3. How interesting! I'm from North Carolina, and boiled peanuts are very common there, although I've never cared for them. I think I would like this spicy version a whole lot better! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!


  4. Chinese foods are very spicy and tasty, thanks for sharing....!
    Chinese Food


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