Around these parts, peanuts usually come in a limited number of flavors: dry roasted and honey roasted. Oh, and peanut butter. I was shocked to learn that a certain portion of the country likes to boil their goobers...while still in their shells. Seriously.
But since I'm always up for a culinary adventure, SayUncle was kind enough to send me some green peanuts so that I could try his recipe.
First of all, I'd like to say that green peanuts smell weird, like dirt and raw potato. This combined with the description of boiled peanuts as "hot, salty snot and boogers inside a soaked, soggy, used-to-be-crunchy shell" and needless to say, I was a bit skeptical.
Undaunted, I gathered the ingredients and set about boiling my peanuts...for hours. I left the house with the peanuts still bubbling away on the stovetop only to return and find them...looking exactly the same. (I don't think it's a coincidence that every Southern recipe I've ever tried took a long time to cook.) After three and a half hours I gave up, declared them done...
...and really liked them. (with beer!)