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Charlotte's Famous Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 lbs raw peanuts in shells
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/4 cup Cajun seasoning
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 10 cups water

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot
- Colander

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Rinse the peanuts in cold water.
2. In a large pot, combine the peanuts, salt, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic, and water.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
5. Taste the peanuts for doneness. They should be soft and tender, but not mushy.
6. Once done, drain the peanuts in a colander and serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4-6 hours
Simmer on low heat
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 20g
Protein: 10g
Sodium: 2000mg

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Instead of Cajun seasoning, use Old Bay seasoning or a combination of paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Instead of hot sauce, use red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
- Instead of apple cider vinegar, use white vinegar or rice vinegar.

- Add smoked sausage or ham hocks for extra flavor.
- Use beer instead of water for a unique twist.
- Add chopped jalapenos for a spicy kick.

Tips and tricks:
- Use fresh, raw peanuts for the best flavor.
- Stir the peanuts occasionally to ensure even cooking.
- Taste the peanuts frequently to check for doneness.
- Store leftover boiled peanuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Storage instructions:
Store leftover boiled peanuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat boiled peanuts in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve boiled peanuts in a large bowl or on a platter with a side of hot sauce for dipping.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions.

Pair boiled peanuts with cold beer or sweet tea.

Suggested side dishes:
Serve boiled peanuts with grilled corn on the cob or coleslaw.

Troubleshooting advice:
If the peanuts are too salty, rinse them in cold water before serving.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to wash your hands and all equipment thoroughly before and after handling raw peanuts.

Food history:
Boiled peanuts are a Southern tradition that dates back to the Civil War. They were a popular snack among soldiers and eventually became a staple at baseball games and other outdoor events.

Flavor profiles:
Boiled peanuts are salty, savory, and slightly nutty.

Serving suggestions:
Serve boiled peanuts as a snack or appetizer at your next party or barbecue.

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Taste: Savory, Salty, Nutty, Earthy