Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tom Johnsons and Peanut Sauce
Talking to strangers is generally not a good idea. Talking to strangers can lead to all sorts of horrible things like kidnappings and theft. On some occasions, however, talking to strangers can lead to wonderful things. Peanut sauce, for example.
I would not be sitting in front of my computer, nibbling baby carrots (known more popularly as Tom Johnsons) dipped in home-made peanut sauce, were it not for a lovely lady I met at the pasta store. So it is her you should thank for this delicious, multi-purpose sauce.
If you aren't familiar with peanut sauce and you don't know what to eat it with, it's good with grilled meats, in wraps, in stir-fries (think pra ram), as a dip for vegetables, or just on plain rice. It's basically good on everything, so use your imagination. My friend Alex once ordered rice and peanut sauce as an appetizer before eating pad see ew at Thai Essence... crazy kid.
adapted (only slightly) from easyveggal's recipe
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
1 T sugar
2 T hoisin sauce
1 1/2 T soy sauce
2 t chile-garlic sauce (more or less depending on your heat tolerance)
1 T sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
1/3 c water
peanuts, chopped (optional, if you prefer chunky sauce)
Mix all ingredients together, then add more of things to taste. Eat on everything available. Store in the fridge.