My all-time favorite broccoli dish is super simple: broccoli sautéed in olive oil with lots of garlic, a healthy dose of crushed red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. One day at a Thai restaurant I ordered a broccoli dish that had a very similar flavor profile, but with chopped peanuts sprinkled on top. It was an epiphany for me and these fritters are my twist on that dish.
My husband loves Thai food, so I was inspired to create this recipe for him! If you like Thai inspired flavors, you’ll love this dish too! It has become a family favorite in our house. This recipe has the perfect blend of smooth and spicy Thai flavors. I used Smooth Operator peanut butter for this recipe, but if you love spice, I suggest using The Heat is On peanut butter for an extra kick. Serve the Thai chicken on sandwich buns and top with the fresh ginger slaw.
Jazz up your fruit with this delicious and easy to make chocolate peanut butter dip. This dip makes for a perfect afternoon snack with everyone’s favorite flavors of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s also a great dip for a party because you can make it ahead of time and when you’re ready to serve it just slice up some apples, strawberries, or oranges for a delicious, healthy snack.
This spicy peanut tofu rice salad is full of delicious flavor. Between the nutritious greens, the fiber-rich rice, and the super-flavorful dressing, this salad is exactly what you need for a healthful and inexpensive meal.
For this dish, I decided to give nachos an East-meets-West sort of twist, with crunchy wonton “chips”, crisp stir-fried veggies and tender pieces of chicken breast, and then smother the whole thing with a spicy-sweet peanut butter satay sauce and a generous amount of melty, gooey cheese. The wonton chips might be oven-baked, but make no mistake, this is still tailgating food at its gooey, cheesy, crunchy, saucy best. I may not know much about football, but I do know one thing for sure… you need some of these nachos in your life. Like, right now.
Meatballs are a lot of people’s favorite food, and in this recipe, we put a peanut butter spin on the classic dish. The Smooth Operator peanut butter helps bind the meatballs together in addition to providing a nutty flavor to contrast with the savory meat. Perfect for tossing with pasta or simply eaten on their own, these meatballs are as tasty as they are easy to make.
Meatballs make great appetizers whether you use beef, or in this case, turkey. The addition of The Heat Is On peanut butter gives these meatballs an extra kick of spiciness. These bite-size meatballs are perfect for serving at parties and can be made in advance. This recipe is also gluten- and dairy-free, so it can accommodate guests with dietary restrictions.
Meatballs are popping on menus across the country in all different shapes and sizes. In this vegetarian take, we replace meat with lentils and add in some Mediterranean spices. This tasty combination echoes the taste of falafel, and is delicious when served over butter lettuce with diced tomatoes!
I firmly believe that any food is instantly a million times more delicious when deep-fried until crispy, and that’s certainly true as far as tofu is involved.
I know deep-frying pretty much cancels out any of the health benefits you’d normally get from tofu, but who cares when you’re gobbling down these delicious golden-brown puffs? A sweet-and-tangy dipping sauce made with The Bee’s Knees peanut butter rounds things out for a tasty snack or appetizer that will have even the tofu doubters asking for seconds.
Summer rolls are a big favorite of mine; they’re healthy and packed full of fresh flavors. Though they’re fiddly and time consuming to make, it’s worth the wait and you only get better at it once you have the hang of the rolling and folding. The crunchy, peanutty sauce gives it a bonus richness which contrasts those summery flavors well.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are my favorite form of protein (other than peanut butter, of course!) But the problem is that things can often get boring with chicken breast. The Heat is On peanut butter instantly jazzes things up in this quick and easy chicken dish. I’ve made this chicken countless times and my favorite way to serve it is with steamed broccoli and rice.
The marinade will be very thick and when cooking, it creates a delicious crispy crust. If you’re serving this to young children, you might want to do half The Heat is On and half Smooth Operator peanut butter to cut the intensity.
Marinated with our spicy peanut butter, The Heat Is On, honey, lime, garlic, and orange juice, these succulent shrimp have a sweet and spicy flavor you can’t resist.
The recipe can easily be cooked on a stovetop using a grill pan but they’re even more fun to do for a barbecue. Pull out the grill this Memorial Day weekend and try this recipe!
When’s the last time you got excited over a crouton?
Garnish gets gussied up with this delectable recipe for Peanut Butter Croutons, a tasty treat that has the body of a crouton, but the heart and soul of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
These morsels are made quite simply, by slicing peanut butter sandwiches into cubes, brushing them with butter, and then baking in a low oven. As the bread toasts, it also absorbs the butter, giving them a crunchy texture and decadent, delectable flavor.
Peanut butter croutons have a wide variety of uses. You can use them on salads, soups, or even serve them with a glass of milk as a satisfying afternoon snack. Or, be naughty and substitute Dark Chocolate Dreams or White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, and serve the sweet croutons atop a bowl of ice cream or pudding.
Look no further for the star of you holiday party appetizers!
Made with diced chicken, cream cheese, curry power, garlic powder, scallions, lemon, and a couple large dollops of peanut butter, the filling to these phyllo rolls are easy-to-find ingredients, and the whole dish is quick to make. Once the phyllo rolls are assembled and brushed with butter they’re baked in the oven to a crispy finish.
These rolls are paired with a honey and chili powder sauce and the result is a combustion of creaminess and crunch, and out of-this-world sweet and spicy flavors!
Poutine may very well be Canada’s unofficial dish. Originally concocted in a Quebec greasy spoon in the 1950s, the now-legendary combination of crisp French fries topped with cheese curds has found its way onto menus coast to coast, from fast food joints to high end restaurants.
There are even restaurants with an all-poutine menu that serve up endless variations on the theme, including some rather intriguing multicultural variations like Greek, Italian and Butter Chicken.
This version travels all the way to Southeast Asia for its inspiration, by pairing fries and cheese curds with a rich satay sauce featuring Mighty Maple peanut butter. (I couldn’t resist… Canadians and maple syrup have something of a history, after all.)
There’s something about combining the sweet taste of peanut butter with the savory and saltiness of thick cut bacon. You may question it, but try this once and it’s sure to keep showing up in your menus. Perfect for a party or light lunch, and so easy to put together.
As a frequent entertainer I am always hunting around for great appetizers that I can serve for company. I also love something that can be enjoyed without utensils and easily passed around. Enter these empanadas, easy to make and delicious to boot.
I’ve always wanted to play around with putting peanut butter into dough and have created a great one that really could be enjoyed with a sweet or savory filling. Although the filling for these is on the savory side- using chicken, goat cheese, and jam. Sweet, spicy, and creamy, the spice from the peanut butter is tamed from the goat cheese and apricot jam. Even your pickiest guests will be pleased with this combo, as they were declared a hit at my last dinner party.
After spending a good part of my early 20s working in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, I get a little bit twitchy at the thought of spending any amount of time in a shopping mall.
The only thing that can lure me back in is the promise of a mall-style pretzel… I just love those pillowy-soft bites with flecked with crunchy bits of salt, preferably with a side of peanut butter for dunking.
So I thought to myself, why not try making them at home, so that I wouldn’t have to brave the mall for a fix? And why not take it one step further by baking the peanut butter right into each bite?
I’m pleased to say this little experiment was an unqualified success. Hidden inside the perfectly golden-brown salt-speckled exterior of each mini pretzel bite, a peanut butter centre awaits unsuspecting snackers. It’s all the goodness of my beloved mall pretzels, wrapped up in one perfect bite-sized bundle.
While I made these with Smooth Operator, the options are as endless as there are Peanut Butter & Co flavours – for a sweet-and-salty treat, try these with Mighty Maple or Bee’s Knees, or satisfy your inner chocoholic with Dark Chocolate Dreams. Personally, though, I prefer salty simplicity of the version below.
These cute little balls are packed with a hearty dose of protein from the eggs, chickpeas, peanuts and the peanut butter; not to mention the addition of fabulous fiber from the oats and cranberries. I use dry chickpeas to create maximum flavor, but you can certainly use canned chickpeas if you are in a time crunch. I serve this tasty bite-sized snack to kids after school with jam as well as to my adult clients and friends with plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a trendy appetizer with colorful toothpicks.
I’ve always loved peanut butter in savory dishes, especially paired with bacon (bacon, peanut butter, and fried egg sandwiches might sound weird, but believe me when I tell you they are out-of-this-world amazing!). Like peanut butter and bacon, bacon and leek also have a natural affinity for each other; combine the three and you really have something special. These little bites have their flavor kicked up even more with the addition of garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
Although there are nearly 100 species of crab in British Columbia the local favorite at our fishmongers and markets is Dungeness crab. These are not your traditional east coast crab cakes but a Thai-inspired combination of sweet crabmeat, ginger, and fish sauce all topped with a spicy peanut butter flavored vinaigrette. Serve these crab cakes as a main course with a side of coconut flavored rice and some stir-fried vegetables.
This sweet and spicy vegetarian wrap is an unexpectedly delicious option for lunch. Packed with antioxidant beta-carotenes from the sweet potatoes and plenty of protein from the crunchy peanut butter and tangy yogurt, it’s a great alternative to standard meatless fare. Choose sweet potatoes that are firm and do not have any cracks, bruises or soft spots and be sure to leave the skin on for added nutritional benefits.
I was a guest once on a show where I got to assist a famous chef while he prepared a dish of whole shrimp wrapped in shredded pastry. I was asked to taste one for the camera and it was so incredible that once the cameras stopped rolling, I grabbed the demo plate and brought it back to the dressing room where I was able to enjoy the leftovers. Eager to taste it again, I decided to put my own spin on the recipe. Filo-wrapped shrimp (also known as “firecracker shrimp”) are actually a pretty classic party appetizer, but these takes it a step further with a spicy peanut orange marinade that does double-duty as a dipping sauce. The tails here are completely removed to make for a neat, no-fuss presentation (and so your guests won’t have to hunt around the room for a trash can).
I had my first spring roll almost 10 years ago and still love the crunch of fresh vegetables and herbs paired with a peanut dipping sauce.
This is a fun dish to serve when having a couple of friends over for dinner. There’s very little cooking (none if you buy pre-cooked shrimp). Just some fancy chopping and stirring up a bit of sauce. If you happen to have vegetarian or vegan friends, add a couple more vegetables, like bean sprouts and red cabbage, and they can make their spring rolls without any shrimp.
Living in a tiny New York city apartment with no outdoor space has taught me a few tricks. One of them was that it is possible to smoke things inside your house without setting off fire alarms (though your smoke detectors may go off).
It’s a relatively straightforward process that involves sealing some sugar, tea and rice in a pot along with some meat and getting it hot enough that the sugar starts to burn. This in turn causes the tea and rice to give off a wonderful aroma, which the meat absorbs like a sponge.
Paired with a honey peanut butter sauce, scallions and cucumber, the smoked duck makes for a great snack or first course to a meal, and most of the work can be done ahead of time.
While you should be able to find unfilled Chinese steamed buns in the freezer section of most Chinese grocery stores, if you’re not able to find them, this would also be good in brioche hamburger buns.
Sandwiches are a classic grab and go meal. Which is why they make perfect lunches. There are also endless possibilities when it comes to what goes between the bread, which keeps it versatile. This savory version is smeared with a generous amount of peanut butter mixed with cilantro, onion, garlic, and vinegar and piled with cool cucumber slices and creamy avocado. The result is one tasty sandwich. If you want to serve this as a fancy hors d’oeuvres, slice bread in half or half-triangles and skip adding the top piece.
Peanut butter has long since been established as a part of party fare—peanut butter snack mix, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter pretzel nuggets. While all these foods provide plenty of flavor, they also often provide large amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats. Below you’ll find two recipes with enough flavor and nutrition to satisfy any peanut butter-loving crowd. First, a unique hummus dip featuring a host of Asian flavors, with peanut butter, orange, and ginger. If you’re looking to turn up the heat at your get-together, then consider the spicy herbed yogurt dip featured here with cayenne-spiked peanut butter and cilantro.