Saturday, October 4, 2008

What's cooking: Thai peanut sauce

Whew. Time to take a little break from politics, especially the slug-fest that ignited in the comments section of one of my recents posts. Suffice it to say a few cans of whoop-ass were opened. At first I saw so upset. I had spoken hastily! I had offended people! People did not see things the way I do! But, damnit, I spoke my mind; others spoke theirs. Others will probably not be back, and that's ok. But they'll miss out on some great recipes.

So moving to something I think we can all agree on: Thai peanut sauce is tasty stuff! I serve this with beef and chicken sate. It freezes well, so it's worth making a big batch. And the leftovers are a very tasty dip for . . . well, almost anything, which is why all I have to photograph is this:

First, make sure you have some of this, the magic ingredient. It's well worth scouring your Thai grocery or the internet. It is also the magic ingredient in my Thai curry, a recipe that can be adapted to almost anything you have on hand.

THAI PEANUT SAUCE

1 tablespoon canola oil
4 tablespoons Masaman curry paste (you can freeze the rest)
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped peanuts (use the food processor for this)
1 tablespoon
white vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce

Heat oil on low, add curry paste, and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute)

Add coconut milk and sugar. Bring to boil. Cook until slightly reduced.

Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature.

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

7 comments:

purpleflowers said...

I am very eager to make this sauce.
Thanks for sharing it!

lisagh said...

This looks incredible. But I have to wonder, would Sarah Palin like it?

Deb said...

Lisagh - you rock.

Cindy - Don't worry about the slug fest. Unfortunately it seems as if some of your readers are insecure and want to live inside the little conservative bubble they have created for themselves. It is incomprehensible to me that ANYONE would want McCain given the hell we've been through for the last 8 years. Truth is, George Bush is a complete and utter moron. You have to wonder about the folks who voted for him too. Not the smartest tools in the shed.

If anyone wants to take me on, come and visit my blog. I'm ready to rock and roll.

Love ya Cindy...keep being who you are! You have nothing to be ashamed of.

Oh, the peanut sauce looks unbelievable.

Erika said...

Proof that Erika CAN play nicely with others: this sauce looks fantastic. There is a restaurant near me that makes a blackened chicken sandwich with a similar Thai peanut sauce that is so good I want to drink it. I attempted to copy it, but being a total boob in the kitchen with no instinct for cooking, I used...Jif. Um, yeah. Do I even need to tell you it didn't work? Perhaps the real peanuts are the difference...we'll try it!!!!

adozeneggs said...

sounds amazing, I'm sure I'll never find the masaman in Vermont. Maybe my next trip to NYC, or I'll just check online. Can't wait to try it.

Cate said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! And belated thanks for the thai curry recipe too. I made it for my family two weeks ago, and everyone LOVED it, even my picky pre-teen son.

Jen Yu said...

have you made masaman curry from that paste? goooooood stuff :) and that is the brand i use! i've only ever made chinese peanut sauce. will give this a try some day xxoo