November 2nd, 2011
I’ve said it before, but keep listening. Though this is no secret, there is something new in it for you.
I love peanut sauce.
Why am I so crazy about the stuff? Here are 10 undeniably convincing reasons. (Beware: reading the reasons alone may make you a peanut sauce convert.)
Though I stand behind my claim that the Peanut Sauce I posted in May is the best all-purpose version—it’s easiest to make and calls for easily found ingredients—this Thai Peanut Sauce is my new favorite.
Or is it? I can’t be sure since they are both wonderful. The first is simple, yet full of surprisingly authentic flavor. This Thai Peanut Sauce is richer and a little spicier, redolent of coconut. Plus, the Thai version is from my current favorite food blog, She Simmers—and there’s no equivocating about that. (How have I not seen this blog before?!)
I’ve made two batches of the Thai Peanut Sauce and we’ve eaten every last drop. (The sauce keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for several weeks.) My favorite use is not the most exciting, but demonstrates how great it is to have peanut sauce on hand. I take 10 minutes to cook pasta or soba and steam broccoli, then toss both together with the sauce. If I have leftover chicken, I add that, too. It’s the tastiest help-me-I-only-have-10-minutes-to-make-dinner meal around.
Check it out: Thai Peanut Sauce (can be shared with kids 10+ mos)* from She Simmers. And while you’re there, poke around. You’ll surely find other recipes to try.
*Note: Peanut sauce can be shared with any child already safely eating tree nuts. You can read more about introducing high allergen foods early on here. I recommend this starting at 10+ mos due to the spiciness, though it is also totally safe to feed very beginner eaters spicy foods. It’s just not something to which North American children are accustomed, so waiting until they have some eating experience under their belts may be more comfortable. No matter at what age you share this, be sure to puree or chop your final dish into age appropriate bite sizes for early eaters.