Nearly everyone has a jar of peanut butter. Off the top of your head can you name ten recipes which are better with peanut butter? No? Well, how about five? Hmm. Three? I give up. How about I give you ten? Be ready to print at the end, or grab your recipe cards so you can edit!
Peanuts are a staple in many Asian, African and Caribbean cultures. Peanut butter is the instant solution to some recipes which are greatly enhanced by peanut flavor, even when you do not have fresh peanuts on hand.
1. Surprise Ending
Love ice cream on a cone? Hate the dribbling from the hole in the cone? Coat the inside of your ice cream cone with peanut butter. The triple scoop of chocolate-mocha-chocolate-chip-fudge-supreme will not drip through the bottom of the cone, and the surprise at the bottom is still sweet!
2. Sweet Glaze
Broiled ham steaks are an easy entrée. Sweeten the pot by mixing three tablespoons of orange marmalade with two tablespoons of peanut butter and one tablespoon of water. Spread the glaze over the steaks and return to the broiler until lightly browned, about one minute.
3. That’s a wrap!
Put all of the following into a medium bowl:
1/2 C peanut butter
3 TBS olive oil
3 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 TBS fresh parsley, finely chopped
Smooth the peanut sauce. Construct your wrap with boneless, grilled chicken cut into strips and/or grilled shrimp; shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, diced onion, diced cucumber and/or avocado slivers; drizzle with peanut sauce. Other great toppings include shredded bok choy, capers, sliced olives, diced sweet peppers, matchstick mushrooms, bean sprouts, soy-sautéed tofu, raw broccoli florets, slivered carrots and/or shredded raw spinach.
4. Sneaky Secret Recipe Cookies
Everyone in your house loves chocolate chip cookies. Give them the slip by replacing half of the butter in your recipe with peanut butter. Let them beg for the peanut-butter-cup-cookie recipe. Never tell them where you got it.
5. The No Jelly PBJ
If you did not catch Valentine’s recipe for a peanut butter sandwich, you can try the one which came in a close second.
2 thick slices raisin bread
3 TBSP peanut butter
2 TBSP raisins
1 TBSP honey
Spread peanut butter on one slice of raisin bread. Press raisins into peanut butter and drizzle with honey. Top with other slice of raisin bread. Melt butter in skillet over medium high heat. Grill sandwich on both sides until lightly browned.
Crunchy peanut butter is a good choice for this sandwich. If you have something against raisins, this recipe is just as scrumptious with any of these substitutions and/or additions:
- Pumpernickel/sourdough marble bread
- Pumpernickel or sourdough bread
- Dried cranberries, blueberries and/or cherries
- Chopped dates
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Slivered almonds
- Two tablespoons cream cheese
6. Do Not Bake That
Want a peanut butter cookie without heating up the whole kitchen? Try no-bake cookies.
1 C sugar
1 C light corn or cane syrup
2 C peanut butter
4 C corn flakes
In a heavy skillet or deep sauce pan, bring sugar and syrup to a gentle boil. Boil for one minute. Stir in peanut butter until melted. Remove from heat and quickly stir in corn flakes. Spoon by rounded teaspoonful onto wax or parchment paper. Allow to cool until set.
To add richness, after peanut butter melts add one teaspoon vanilla. Another excellent addition: When stirring in cornflakes, toss in 1/2 cup butterscotch or white chocolate chips or morsels.
7. Kick Boxing Muffins
Banana nut muffins get boring after a while. Replace half the butter or shortening with peanut butter. After you put them in the paper cups, sprinkle the tops with shredded coconut. Bake as directed.
Have you gotten tired of the same old oil and vinegar on your salad? Whisk a creamy tablespoon of peanut butter into 1/2 cup of your vinaigrette for a thicker, tastier dressing on your salad.
9. Soup’s On
Add some exotic African or Caribbean flavor to your favorite potato or vegetable soup. Dip out a cup of broth and whisk in a few tablespoons of creamy peanut butter. Return broth to soup and stir to distribute.
10. Dip it!
How about some Asian flair for roasted or stir fried beef, pork, chicken or shrimp?
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP peanut, safflower, rapeseed or vegetable oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
Blend all ingredients together until very smooth. Dip skewered meat into sauce; drizzle over stir fry; or pour over shishkabobs.
When you fry onion rings, fish, French fries or batter-dipped anything, does your house smell like a greasy spoon for a week? The moment you are finished frying, turn off heat and drop a spoonful of peanut butter in the skillet. It will neutralize the odor from the burning flour or corn meal.
Have you ever tried one of these recipes? Do you have a secret peanut butter recipe? Other than mousetraps, what is another use for peanut butter? Thank you for reading M3’s 350th post.
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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