This is for you Doug!
I was born and raised in New York. In the late 80's I flew down to South Carolina to attend college. To say there was a culture shock would be quite an understatement (really people still call people Yankees???). I adjusted to my new life and got introduced
to football season...admittedly I was HOOKED!!! Wow tailgating is awesome!!!!
So at one of my first tailgating adventures, I noticed several of my new Southern roommates sucking and eating a small brown "thing"...yikes! I asked what in the heck was going on???? Of course after the laughing and "yankee" comments subsided they told
me...they were eating Boiled Peanuts.
Ok for those of you that are unfamiliar with this delicacy here goes: take green/raw peanuts, put them in a large stockpot cover with water and add salt...ALOT of salt. Slowly boil for hours.
Going back to that tailgate many moons ago. There I stood with my Southern friends betting me to try my first boiled peanut. I'll admit I was skeptical but I never back down from a challenge. I bit into a fairly mushy shell then quite unexpectedly came
a burst of salt water...WOW..then the piece de resistance (sorry I don't have the french thingys on my 'puter) the ever so soft but somewhat firm nuts. Life changing.
So for the next 4 years I stopped at every roadside stand that I could find and bought as many bags of boiled peanuts as I could. There were so many wonderful things I discovered living in South Carolina and boiled peanuts was one of them.
Then an unfortunate thing happened...I moved back north. No job, no $$ had to move in with Mom & Dad. And north I stayed...even moved farther north. So for years now I've searched hi and low to find green/raw peanuts to see if I can re-create my boiled
peanut glory days in my own kitchen. Thanks to the wonders of the internet I found a peanut retailer (and the kicker is they are based in New Jersey!!!!). A few months ago my 5 pound bag of raw peanuts arrived. I cooked them the same way I remembered and....they
were just ok...did my memory fail me? Did I REALLY love them or was I dreaming? I think instead I did something wrong cooking them. Not long enough, not enough salt??? I checked online and raw peanuts are green peanuts but maybe there really is a difference???
So I implore all of my Southern (or anyone really) Allrecipe friends. Can you put in your 2 cents??? I still have about 3 1/2 pounds of peanuts waiting to be cooked....Thanks for listening!!!! BTW, I miss South Carolina and wait patiently for the day
I can move back for good!