Peanut curry, pad Thai, panang curry and pretty much anything with a peanut sauce is a favorite of my man. At every Thai restaurant he gets so excited to order and he doesn’t typically stray from tradition. My man eats well and definitely loves all the food I make, but with peanut sauce there will not be a drop left. If we weren’t in public I am sure he would lick the bowl clean :D
I love making coconut curry but I had never made a peanut sauce. I knew my man would be so happy if I took a stab at one. Since it was my first time, I searched multiple recipes and kept taking down notes of things to include. I probably looked at at least 10 recipes with the first one being Shira’s Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl. I took ideas from all the recipes and then decided on what I wanted in my peanut sauce.
Typically, I wouldn’t post a recipe that I made for the first time but it turned out great! The peanut sauce enthusiast approved and said it had the perfect amount of heat :) The mouth was left with a nice tingle and pleasant feeling.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
~Adapted from many recipes :)
Serving size: 4
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c honey
1 T soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 c lite coconut milk
1/2 t red chili pepper flakes
1/2 t cayenne
Veggies and Noodles
2 garlic cloves
1 T fresh ginger
1 red bell pepper
2 broccoli heads
3 celery stalks
brown rice noodles (4 servings)
Put all the ingredients for the peanut sauce in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Depending on amount of broccoli, fill a pot with water about an inch deep. Cook the broccoli until tender.
In a large skillet, simmer garlic and ginger with olive oil. Add the sliced bell pepper.
Start boiling water for rice noodles or other substitute. Cook according to instructions on package.
Once the broccoli is done, drain and set aside. When the red pepper has reached desired tenderness, add the chopped celery. I like the crunch of the celery so I just let it heat up a minute or two. Add the broccoli and peanut sauce and mix together.
Serve over noodles. Top with fresh cilantro. Pair with an IPA. Enjoy! :D
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