A great addition to all your noodle, salad, and protein dishes!
Peanuts are incredibly versatile! I grew up eating peanut butter sandwiches and trail mix filled with peanuts. Growing up and cooking for myself I’ve realized a lot of other ways peanuts and peanut butter can be used. Looking into the topic I found an entire pamphlet from 1917 written by George Washington Carver on the peanut. In “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption”, Carver lays out the recipe for “Baked Peanuts with Rice”, “Peanut Macaroni and Cheese”, and even a “Peanut Omelet”. The peanuts with rice recipe caught my eye because it’s essentially rice baked in a peanut sauce of ground peanuts, milk, sugar, lemon juice and salt (18). While my recipe divulges from this one quite a bit I think the basic outline is similar, and I even use rice noodles in my peanut protein noodles recipe!
The process of making peanut butter has evolved over time, I grew up with the option of natural peanut butter that you have to stir before using as well as the kind you can eat out of the jar immediately. While I prefer natural peanut butter there wasn’t always a choice, in 1923 a patent was granted to fix “the tendency of the oil to separate from the solids and rise to the top after standing a few weeks, thereby presenting the customer a poor-looking and unsaleable product…” (Clarkson 176). They were able to create a product that could sit out without separating for an entire year (Clarkson 176). Peanuts and peanut butter have evolved so much since that time and I’m happy to see how we continue to create new ways to consume them. I hope you try mine!
3 heaping Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp lemon juice
6 Tbsp ice cold water (more or less depending)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sriracha
1 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 Tbsp honey
Salt pepper to taste
Place peanut butter and lemon juice in small bowl and whisk to combine.
Add the water one tablespoon at a time whisking between each addition until the mixture is almost liquid, you may need to use more or less depending on your peanut butter.
Add the soy sauce, sriracha, sweet chili sauce, honey, salt and pepper to taste and mix to combine.
Carver, George Washington. How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption. Eastern National Park and Monument Association for Tuskegee Institute, National Historical Site, George Washington Carver National Monument, 1983.
Clarkson, Janet. Food History Almanac: over 1,300 Years of World Culinary History, Culture, and Social Influence. Rowman Et Littlefield, 2014.
Author: Lucy Lafranchise
Photographer: Jack Klipfel