Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Spicy Peanut Sauce

I've found a few favorite recipes over the years that make surprisingly good use of peanut butter. One of the nice things about PB is that while it's delicious on its own, you can dress it up with a number of mix-ins, including hot sauce, chili powder and more. In a post from a few weeks back, peanut butter was a key ingredient in the barbecued tofu recipe.

This post from Dave DeWitt's Fiery Foods site gives you way more information about the peanut than you'll ever want to work into a cocktail party conversation. But if you're patient enough to read down to the recipes, I promise you'll be rewarded.

Now that football season has started and baseball playoffs are almost here, it's time to dust off one of our favorite appetizer spreads. It's especially great on crackers and celery, but also works well when thinned out as a topper for rice and other grains. We purloined the recipe from "The Natural Gourmet," by Annemarie Colbin.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

1 tablespoon unrefined sesame oil or unsalted butter
1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon shoyu or tamari
1 tablespoon maple syrup
4 to 6 tablespoons water, as needed
2 to 3 cloves garlic (optional)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Tabasco, to taste

1. In a small skillet, heat the oil or butter and add the spices, stirring briefly. Remove the pan from the heat.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and the sauteed spices. Slowly add the shoyu and maple syrup, whisking constantly. Add the water, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
3. Peel the garlic and mince it very finely, or put it through a garlic press, and add it to the sauce, if desired.
4. Season to taste with the cayenne or Tabasco.

Great stuff. Enjoy!


spleenal said...

I find the idea of mixing peanut butter with things like chilli intreaging, and seductive

sullicom said...

That it is.

Hey, welcome back. Hope the cartooning is going well.