Asian Inspired Peanut Sauce
You know how much I love my sisters. They were my first little girls and they mean the world to me but when my baby sister gave me an entire bag of peanut butter cups for our trick or treat party I was super happy and not pleased at the same time. I like my jean size and I like my new jeans. I don’t want to have to go out and buy all new ones but peanut butter cups are my weakness. So I had to find something to do with this leftover Halloween candy.
I’ll never get sick of eating them by themselves and I adore them in cookies (right Karlis?) but I wanted to be a little more creative than I usually am.
There you have it! Peanut butter cups in a sauce! Perfectly balanced if you ask me and everyone who ate dinner at my house that night. The soy sauce added the Asian inspiration and the vinegar balanced the sweetness. It did need more sweetness to stand up to the soy sauce and vinegar so I added the brown sugar. A little ground ginger and pepper and this dark, richly smooth sauce is a dream. Yannick likes it and he refuses to eat peanut butter but for some reason he likes peanut sauce.
If you want to be creative and try this sauce, prepare your rice and chicken. Roast, steam or serve the cauliflower raw. Substitute chicken for veggies if you want.
Please note: These measurements and instructions are notes from when I made this recipe for myself. This recipe has not been properly tested in my own kitchen. I just wanted to give you a fair warning before you decide if you want to give this recipe a try. If you are interested, I can test this recipe further and perhaps put together a video. Let me know, ok?
For the sauce simmer soy sauce, vinegar and chopped peanut butter cups in a small put on medium heat. Add onion powder, ground ginger and fresh ground pepper. I added about 1 cup of soy sauce, 1/2-3/4 cup white vinegar and 6 or 7 regular sized peanut butter cups chopped. After I simmered this for awhile I added some brown sugar- about 1/2 cup. Then I simmered more. Keep an eye on it you don’t want a rolling boil. Stir and taste. If you taste too much soy sauce or vinegar add sugar or honey to balance. Make sure you can actually taste the chocolate and peanut or there is no point in creating this incredible sauce!
Sauce Made with Peanut Butter Cups
This was the best peanut sauce I have ever made. Maybe it’s because it started out as candy and ended up being dinner. I will be making this again.
Over the chicken and cauliflower the sauce was ideal. The chicken was seasoned of course with salt, pepper and garlic. The cauliflower was lightly browned with salt, pepper and onion powder. The rice was great for carrying the sauce from A to B. This was a definite success.
What sort of things will you do with your leftover candy? Big time points if you make something savory with Smarties!