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 PeanutsAdapted from Serious Eats
3 cups raw peanuts in shell
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
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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