Recipe: Cheerwine-Boiled Peanuts

 

We know that Southern-food enthusiasts tend to raise an eyebrow at inauthentic renditions of the region's specialties, but we think they might make an exception for Marc Jacksina's updated take on the classic Southern snack of boiled peanuts. The Charlotte-based chef gently boils raw, unshelled peanuts in water that's flavored with star anise and briny kombu. Then he strips off their shells and cooks them in a sweet concoction of mirin, white soy sauce, Tabasco, and Cheerwine, a beloved cherry-flavored soda from North Carolina. The result is an addictive snack that's equal parts sweet, salty, and savory—and completely irresistible to even the most steadfast purists.

 

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Squab When Jim Foss came to the Beard House last week, he prepared a squab dish that brimmed with full Southern flavor. The bird was barbecued in Cheerwine, a cherry-flavored soda that's popular in the Southeast, then placed upon a bed of chicken liver and carrot salad and topped with a cornmeal-crusted catfish hush puppy. Click here to see more photos from chef Foss's dinner. August 26, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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