My pastor is from Florida. One day at church he asked me if I had had boiled peanuts. “Yes!” was my instant reply, but then I couldn’t really place where I had had them. I thought it was in Mexico. He said they were a common snack in Florida. So on our recent trip to Florida I found a gas station/gift store that was selling boiled peanuts outside of the store. I HAD to try them. As I opened a shell, I was sure I had done this before. Then I popped a peanut in my mouth. It was an instant feeling of going home. The texture of the peanut was very familiar, but the flavor was different. These had a spicy, Cajun flavor. Still I thought that maybe I had eaten boiled peanuts in Louisiana when we lived there.
They were so good that when I came home I wanted more. I would make them! Still unsure of where my boiled peanut memory came from, I googled “Mexico boiled peanuts.” Nothing. I tried, “Mexican street snack boiled peanuts.” Still nothing came up. I mean nothing at all. Well, it must have been in Louisiana I decided. I researched making boiled peanuts, and it’s so simple y’all. It just takes many hours of boiling, but on a day when you’re home, they are so easy to make.
First I tried a Cajun recipe. My clan said it tasted just like the ones we tried in Florida. It was pretty close anyway. Then I made just plain salted boiled peanuts. That was definitely what I remembered. When I went home for Christmas, I asked my sister Sara about it. “Oh yes, she replied, when we were little in Mexico we used to buy boiled peanuts on the street!” Mystery solved. Still, most of my family prefer the Cajun recipe. You should try it! Here’s what you need!