Eating peanut shells may initially seem like an off-putting idea, but once deep-fried the shells become edible. Deep-fried shelled peanuts are a beloved Southern snack, often coated with seasonings and served alongside a cold beverage. Look for freshly harvested green peanuts and try your hand at making these deep-fried nibbles.
Heat equal parts lard and peanut oil in a pot to 350F.
Add shelled peanuts to the hot oil by carefully lowering with a slotted metal spoon. Fry the peanuts until crispy, approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently to cook evenly.
Remove the peanuts from the hot oil and drain on paper towels. If desired, season the peanuts by tossing them with a few pinches of salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin. Add brown sugar for a sweet twist or spice it up with cayenne pepper. Serve warm and enjoy.
In lieu of lard, use peanut or vegetable oil.
Green raw peanuts are freshly harvested and can be purchased at Indian and Asian markets, as well as farmers markets and are available for order online.
Hot oil may cause serious burns so use caution when deep-frying. Use a slotted spoon with a long handle to avoid getting too close to the hot oil when adding or retrieving food.