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Boiled Peanuts from "Southern from Scratch"

Serves: Makes 1 1/2 pounds
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Cajun Seasoning
1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons ground sumac
2 tablespoons onion granules
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cayenne
1 teaspoon chipotle powder

1 1/2 pounds raw green or dried raw peanuts
2/3 cup sea salt
10 cups water


To make the Cajun seasoning: Combine the salt, paprika, garlic, sumac, onion, pepper, cayenne and chipotle powder in a small bowl and stir to fully blend. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight in a lidded airtight container. Use within 6 months.

To make the peanuts: If using dried raw peanuts, place in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and leave to soak for 8 to 12 hours. Otherwise, rinse the peanuts in cold water, drain, and place in a slow cooker.

Add the salt, water, and 3 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine the spices with the water.

Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 20 to 24 hours, until the peanuts are fully softened.

Drain off the cooking liquid and serve immediately. They can also be stored in a lidded container in the refrigerator and consumed within 2 to 3 days.

Photo: Johnny Autry

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