August 24, 2009

"Last winter I began stirring peanut butter into oatmeal; weird, maybe, but good."

"I also put it in stewed lentils and vegetables (dal) with curry powder, which may not be traditional, but it felt as if it could be.... [Other ideas include] smearing peanut butter on a wedge of raw white cabbage or a pork burger, roasting peanut-butter-stuffed jalapeƱos, and whipping up a simple satay-like sauce of peanut butter, soy sauce, orange marmalade and red pepper flakes."

There don't seem to be enough things to do with peanut butter.

26 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Anyone who looks down their nose at a plain PB&J is a person I do not want to read.

I very much doubt Mr. Bittman has considered the carbon footprint of his ginger preserves, his lemon preserves, or his sriracha.

traditionalguy said...

Peanut butter tastes great, but it is not good for many people healthwise. Almond butter is now available as a substitute and is a good for you too. The extra ingrediant to watch out for in peanut butter is called Salmonella.

class-factotum said...

I had an excellent appetizer at a party: peanut butter toast with bacon. It was FABULOUS -- as good as the chocolate-covered bacon at the state fair. Hmm. What would peanut butter toast with chocolate-covered bacon taste like?

EDH said...

Please don't put your penis in a jar of peanut butter, unless you're sure...

Peanut Butter Song

rhhardin said...

Dogs can clean down to the bottom of the jar.

PB and mustard sandwiches weren't bad, as a kid.

I stir it into wheat bran sometimes, for a cereal taste change.

If a jar is open, there's nothing wrong with a tablespoon of the straight stuff either.

Freeman Hunt said...

The Body for Life cookbook includes a recipe for oatmeal with peanut butter in it.

MadisonMan said...

The best part of giving a PB sandwich to a dog occurs if the sandwich happens stick to the roof of ol' Fido's mouth.

chuck b. said...

If you've ever had Thai food before you may have noticed the remnant peanut butter sauce left on your plate tastes good w/ just about every remnant morsel of food left there too--and may include peppers, cabbage, pork. Peanut butter sauce is basically peanut butter...I'm not so nonplussed.

My most recent discovery (I did not discover it), is bourbon and cornflakes ice cream. Yum.

Bissage said...

My grandmother used to smear peanut butter on her chest way before Iggy Pop ever got the idea.

Pogo said...

When I was but 21, it was the last bad recession, during Reagan's first term. The only job I could find was in Custer, South Dakota. I hitch-hiked there and slept outside for a couple weeks until my first dishwasher's paycheck came.

The only money I had was my $1.12, plus $2 I won from a drunk guy under a bridge in Rapid City, who had bet me I had more dough than he did. Ha!

With that, I lived on PB and white bread for about 3 weeks altogether.

It was 15 years before I could eat it again.

Hoosier Daddy said...

I did a monster ride on Sunday morning with my cycling buddies and when I got home I made an Elvis special which is two thick slices of toasted bread smeared with peanut butter and topped off with one sliced banana and four strips of bacon.

I figured that replenished the estimated 2.5K in calories I burned on a three hour ride.

Freeman Hunt said...

Hoosier, I would estimate that sandwich at 840 calories.

AllenS said...

I like to take two slices of bread, and put some kind of dead animal in between. Sale, pepper, and Hellmann's real mayonnaise.

Lem said...

Casabe (a thin flatbread from a starch root) with peanut butter is delicious.

Chip Ahoy said...

That's what the waiter at Red Rocks park visitor center restaurant The Grille said he does, a vegetarian who glams his oatmeal thusly. Learned in a conversation that flowed naturally from his admission to being vegetarian in response to a request for a recommendation. Charming fellow, didn't know aught about hummingbirds. It sounds like a good substitute for butter. I put trail mix in mine.

Janis Gore said...

For street cred you eat peanut butter on saltine crackers.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Hoosier, I would estimate that sandwich at 840 calories.

No wonder I was still hungry :-)

Probably closer to 1000 though. I was quite liberal in my application of peanut butter. The real fatty kind, not that wimpy organic shit.

Joseph said...

I love peanut butter. I use it all the time in savory dishes like stir fry, spring rolls, marinades. I'm really glad I'm not allergic.

Pogo said...

Back in 5th grade, the elephant jokes having to do with peanut butter were the funniest ones by far.

dick said...

Surprisingly one of the best sandwiches I ever had was fixed for me by a friend's wife who was probably the worst cook I have ever seen. Guess she had other talents.

Anyway it was a grilled cheese sandwich with peanut butter, bacon and tomato. Absolutely delicious.

michael farris said...

The bolivian version of papa a la huancaina is basically boiled potatoes with a thick peanut sauce (and black olives and hard boiled eggs). Incredibly delicious (and rich and you're bound to not realize you've had too many until it's too late).

vw: oveni (a small village in central Croatia)

Michael Hasenstab said...

Peanut butter is wonderful. I make my own; it's simple. Just dump a bag of shelled roasted peanuts into the food processor, turn it on, and walk away from the noise. It will look for a while like you'll only get crushed peanuts, but after a while, voila! peanut butter.

I like slices of hamburger pickles on peanut butter toast. Or a spoonful of hot gardiniera relish for a bit of a kick.

A sauce of peanut butter, lime juice, siracha and cilantro makes a good base for Thai cooking, as well as a good marinade.

The glories of peanut butter in oatmeal have been described above.

Be sure you either make your own peanut butter, or buy teh kind that has zero additives. Jif, Skippy, et.al., usually include sugar and some kind of added fat. Yuck.

Deb said...

Peanut Butter and jelly on whole wheat with a glass of milk.

The authentic Elvis peanut butter & banana sandwich is fried.

Mom used to spread peanut butter on a banana sliced lengthwise.

Also: peanut butter candy. Boil a white potato, small one, and gradually add enough confectioner's sugar to make a page. Spread it out on Saran wrap or waxed paper. Spread peanut butter on top. Roll up. Refrigerate, then slice.

Die happy.

Germi. Not my peanut butter!

Deb said...

Boil a white potato, small one, and gradually add enough confectioner's sugar to make a page.

A PASTE. {snort}

Freeman Hunt said...

That must have been the page that best writer was writing on. And then he ate it.

Kathy said...

This is slightly off topic for this thread, but Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything," which I first heard of while listening to an interview with him on NPR, is the book that taught me how to cook (for what that's worth). More than 10 years later, that's almost the only cookbook I use. I bought a new copy when my old one fell apart. He taught me how to experiment with recipes and be comfortable changing things up.