21, Oct 2008
Spicy Peanut Sauce

We’re working on dipping sauces because dipping stuff in other stuff is always fun and we especially think Betty might enjoy it. Peanut sauce is popular in general and seems kid-friendly. There are lots of recipes for spicy peanut sauce floating around out there. I wanted one which involved peanuts rather than peanut butter and wasn’t too oily.

1/2 c roasted unsalted peanuts
1/2 c boiling water
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili sauce
2 tsp soy sauce

Bring the water to a boil. Dump the peanuts in a food processor and grind until fairly fine. Add the water gradually while grinding until sauce is getting smooth and not too thick (you may not need all of the water). With food processor still running, add maple syrup. Add soy sauce, chili sauce, and salt to taste (be careful with the chili sauce — it will seem swallowed up by the peanut sauce at first, but if you put in a little too much it will quickly become too strong).
Pretty good. It’s convincingly peanutty (a last dash of salt helped bring out the flavor a little more), but with a nice little pepper kick. And it’s not too oily and seems relatively healthy.