Joe's Cajun Boiled Peanuts Recipe

by Joe Giuffria
(Long Beach, Mississippi)

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Oct 12, 2012
Cajun Boiled Peanuts Recipe
by: Bret

Joe,
Outstanding video demonstrating your Cajun boiled peanut recipe!

Joe's Cajun boiled peanuts recipe follows Boiled Peanut World's recommended practices, and reveals his unique Cajun spice blend. He uses a 120 quart crawfish pot, heated with a propane burner.

In this video Joe boils green peanuts. Looks like he uses some fine Jumbo Virginia type peanuts. Joe uses the same pot for rinsing and boiling green peanuts. While washing the green peanuts he measures the amount of water needed to float the peanuts in order to determine the amount of seasoning required for Joe's Cajun boiled peanuts recipe.

Per Gallon of water

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1/2 cup salt
4 ounces seafood boil (Slap Ya Mama)
1 bag Zatarain's crab boil spices

After washing the green peanuts, Joe dumps out the dirty water and replaces it with the measured amount of fresh clean water.

Joe puts clean water in the empty pot while the pot is sitting on the burner. He heats the water to a boil and adds the measured spices. After mixing the spices and salt into the boiling pot of water he adds the green peanuts to the boiling pot.

Joe puts the lid on the pot and brings it back to a rolling boil. After reaching a rolling boil he turns the burner down to a simmer. He simmers the green peanuts for about an hour, covered. Joe sits nearby enjoying cold beer and has a good time while watching the pot boil.

After about an hour Joe tries some of the peanuts to test them for tenderness. He cooks them to al dente. Peanuts don't absorb the flavor of the spices until they soften. Soaking is when boiled peanuts absorb flavor from the liquid. Joe adds fresh water to maintain the concentration of the seasoning as water evaporates. He turns up the burner again to bring it back to a boil, and cuts the burner off and let's them cool and soak. As they cool and soak, he tastes the peanuts every 30 minutes until they suck up the spicy flavor and reach their full flavor. After a couple of hours of soaking, the boiled peanuts sink indicating that they have sucked up the juice and flavor.

Joe bags the finished boiled peanuts for freezing.

This recipe has my mouth watering. I plan to try Joe's Cajun boiled peanuts recipe next time I boil peanuts.


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