16 January 2012

Thai Peanut Sauce

I bought a pre-packaged thai peanut sauce thing at the local grocery store. As usual, I loved what I ate but hated the price I paid for a packet of seasoning and some noodles. So, I started my hunt for a Thai Peanut Sauce recipe. I found several recipes that sounded good but wouldn't work. They required ingredients that I didn't have on hand. For those who know me, you know that I try to keep it simple in the kitchen. Finally, at cooks.com I found a recipe that I though
t would work. The recipe was for a stir fry with few servings - neither of which I was making. But I liked that it had few ingredients, I had everything on hand, and I didn't have to cook the sauce. Easy-peasy is what I like. I adapted the recipe a bit and voila, here's what I came up with:

Thai PB Sauce
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. water
4 T. soy sauce
2 T. brown sugar
4 t. minced garlic
1 tsp. crushed red pepper

I played with crunchy vs. smooth PB while I also increased the amount of PB. Neither of us adults liked it with more PB. We've also used more garlic at times.

I've served this the first time with rice noodles and shrimp and no or little veggies. The second time I used more of a stir fry mixture, with regular noodles and and chicken. You can do it several ways. Mmm, guess what we're having for supper!

picture credit: seafoodmadness.com