The other week I went home with a whopping 2-pound bag of Virginia peanuts, so I made a batch of homemade peanut butter in the food processor. The end result was an intensely nutty and fresh spread nothing like the kind from a jar.
It's winter. Use the stuff you have in your pantry to make this versatile sauce. Fantastic on shrimp tacos, sandwiches, and snack crackers. Works as a vegetable dip or serve with sweet potato fries or plantain.
I like it chunky and slathered liberally. This recipe gives you an excuse to eat quantities of it as an adult, guilt-free. I used hazelnut oil for my peanut butter, as that’s what I had in the house, but feel free to use whichever nut oil you fancy.
Pure ingredients = Good. Hydrogenated oils = Bad. But even if your palate has been trained to love margarine-smooth processed peanut butter, there’s still hope. It is unbelievably easy to make your own peanut butter at home – even the smooth stuff.
Blend up some fresh peanuts into a fresh, healthy spread with your own favorite flavorings. Vanilla, Chocolate, Honey, Cinnamon, Red Pepper...endless possibilities when you make it up fresh. Makes a wonderful gift that most will love!
If you’ve been to a Thai restaurant this shouldn’t be a huge shock. Peanut sauce is common in those eatateriums. I just turned what is usually a sauce into a butter, ready to spread on bread or use on chicken.