Skip to main content

Even Better Thai Peanut Sauce & Homemade Peanut Butter

Like most of my generation, I grew up watching Sesame Street...and the very best episode of Sesame Street was the one that showed a clip of a peanut butter factory in full production mode.  I thought that was pretty much the coolest thing ever, and it solidified in my mind peanut butter's status as awesomeness in a jar.  Peanut butter has gotten me through three pregnancies spoonful by spoonful, and is also a key player in some of the most decadent desserts I've shared on this blog. 

And yesterday, I made some.  From peanuts!  This is big.

In March of last year I posted a recipe for Chicken Fried Rice that I like to serve with  peanut sauce drizzled over the top.  But the recipe I shared for the sauce wasn't very authentic, and I've since discovered a recipe that I like a lot a lot a lot more.  The new recipe calls for 3/4 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter, which is not the kind I usually keep around.  So I had to make some--and it's so easy.  Great party trick too...or not...I don't really go to parties.

First, you need peanuts.  I think about 1.5 cups of peanuts turns into 3/4 cups when it's all blended up.

I just used unsalted, dry roasted peanuts from Aldi.  They were fine, but the ingredient label is sort of silly.

Allergen information: contains peanuts.  Good so far, because that's what I bought.  May contain: 5 billion other kinds of nuts including coconut, and wheat...which is not a nut.  Huh.  Anyway.

A mini chopper/food processor is handy and perfect for blending things up in this quantity.  Just process on high speed.  It's about halfway done when it looks crumbly like this:

Keep going.

Almost there.

Perfect.  Now, if Thai peanut sauce doesn't interest you, you could go ahead and spread this on some toast.  Or apple pancakes.  Or eat it by the spoonful.  You really don't need to add anything's delightfully peanutty, slightly grainy, not unnaturally sweet. DeLISH.  But we're making the sauce.

Easy Thai Peanut Sauce (from SheSimmers)

1 13.5 oz. can full fat coconut milk
2 oz. Thai red or Massaman curry paste (I use a full 4 oz. can of the Massaman)
3/4 c. unsweetend, natural peanut butter
1/2 T. salt
3/4 c. sugar
2 T. apple cider or white vinegar
1/2 c. water

Put all the ingredients together in a medium sized sauce pan and whisk together, bringing to a gentle boil over low heat.  Simmer 3-5 minutes being careful not to let it scorch.  Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, and serve as a satay sauce or as a garnishing sauce for Chicken Fried Rice.

Sweet, spicy, salty...I think that scratches all the craving itches.  :)  Hope you're staying warm, bloggy friends.  Feeling very, very grateful these days for God's provision of shelter and heat.  This polar vortex business is crazy.  I know it's been even colder in some places, but wind chill here made it feel like -24 degrees the other night, and I shared this picture on Facebook of me wearing at least 20 scarves to show how I felt about that.


Popular posts from this blog

Clay Cookie Craft

Though school is out for the summer there are a few things my little lass and I are still trying to work on consistently--reading, piano, and art.  Now, I have some fine art background but I don't consider myself very crafty, at least when in comes to coming up with fun projects for kids.  I loved this project from The Little Hands Art Book because it combined some great elements of cooking, sculpture, and painting.  I like crafts that actually teach something.  The bonus here is that we ended up with some great looking little cookies for my daughter's play kitchen.  Here's the salt dough recipe you need to get started (click on the photo to see it full size):

We left out the alum and baked the cookies.  We also halved the recipe.  I had my daughter (who is 4) pour the ingredients into a bowl and after I got the mixing started, I taught her how to knead the dough like bread.

The dough becomes smooth and pliable.

I split it into two sections to make it more manageable and l…

Quadro: The Coolest Toy You've Never Heard Of

Usually the content of my blog falls under either parenting, homemaking, or food.  Sometimes you get a poem or some thoughts as I meditate on what God is teaching me through his Word.  Usually my goal is to encourage, inspire, and perhaps amuse.  Today, my aim is not so noble--I just want to share a unique thing my family has been enjoying. 

This is Quadro--modular building toy, a prop for imaginative play, and active play equipment. 

Winters are always rather intense in our neck of the woods, but this one has been particularly frigid.  Nevertheless, my son asks to go outside to play pretty much every day.  I've had to say no a lot, or risk little frostbitten fingers or losing short stuff in a snow bank.  How's a little guy to burn off energy when running circles through the living and dining rooms gets old and his best playmate (his older sister) is busy with school?  This was one of our considerations as my husband and I discussed Christmas gifts for the kids this past yea…

My Unexpected Love for Cloth Diapers

I like to write about things I am very interested in and excited about.  Presently, I'm pretty excited about cloth diapers. 

We've been full time cloth diapering for several weeks now and I like it a lot more than I ever expected to.  In fact, I feel pretty stupid for not switching sooner.  I know it will change some when we introduce solid foods, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  Right now, I'm just thrilled at how easy it is, how cute and colorful everything is, how much less garbage I have to walk out of the house every day, and that I got to cancel all my Amazon diaper subscriptions.

Shortly before making the switch to cloth I saw this image in a Facebook community.  It's from a display at The Giggling Green Bean, via DirtyDiaperLaundry.

I wouldn't call myself a tree-hugger, though I do believe it's our responsibility to steward God's creation well.  But this image made me feel a little sick, and it's just an illustration of one …