The secret ingredient? PEANUTS!
- Create a dish that utilizes peanuts as an essential ingredient.
- Create 3 such dishes, one entree, one desert, and one of your choice for consideration as the GRAND PRIZE CHEFMEISTER!
- Post your creations and send an "I'm Up" comment here so everyone can go sample your dishes.
My personal peanut project is a random mix, not 3 courses meant to complement each other.
Let's start with desert ... a little dish I call, "School Teacher Hasn't Had A Paycheck Since June 12th Bananutty Surprise".
Here it is.
In the picture above, working from the plate up, we have a banana pancake and a scoop of Blue Bell Peaches and Cream ice cream, all topped off with a maple/peanut sauce.
The sauce consists of a little dark pure maple syrup from the frozen north combined with Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter. Zap it in the microwave to warm the ingredients and stir to mix.
A simple desert (or a bodacious breakfast) made with cheap, everyday stuff.
My entree continues the simple is good and affordable at the end of the summer theme.
What's in the bowl?
Well, rice of course. Complementing the rice is a straightforward, nofrufru stirfry of peanuts, chicken, red cabbage, garlic, green onion, and bell pepper.
The sauce coating it is a mix of teriyaki sauce, vinegar, wine, tabasco sauce, Black Widow Sauce (HOT!), and some cornstarch for thickening to a nice glaze.
It was deliciously simple, spicy, and good for ya' too. I love the way red cabbage holds up to the hot wok and retains a firm texture.
For my "your choice" entry, I give you Ada Marie's home made peanut brittle, produced on her granite countertop in her beautiful cypress log home. This brittle is thin and ... well, brittle, like peanut brittle should be. The peanuts are the star, not the sugar and you don't bust a tooth when you eat it.
Full disclosure ... Ada Marie made this not me. That may not be allowed, so just to be safe, I include this one final dish. A dish I posted about back in 2005 and one I searched through my 1800 + posts to find for you.
This amazing, perfect, culinary combination of complementary flavors and textures ...
This southern tradition ...
This connection to my childhood ...
This snack, supper, lunch, breakfast, desert meal...
This pick me up, toss me back into the fray, fortitudinal food ...