Creamy, delicious and with the potential to be used in both savoury and sweet dishes, this nut butter is the star of the show on Peanut Butter Day. Not only is this nut butter delectable when eaten on its own, but it’s also a versatile ingredient that can be used in a number of different recipes. So sit back and learn more about the history of this ingredient, the day we chose to celebrate it and the different dishes you can enjoy that accentuate the flavour of the nutty butter.
The long history of peanuts
Peanuts are a type of legume that grows beneath the soil. They originate in Africa and South America and have been enjoyed since ancient times. Although they can be eaten as is, their flavour is really enhanced when ground into a paste. There is evidence that ancient Aztecs and Incas ate peanut butter regularly. However, their peanut butter was vastly different from that we know and love today. Theirs was significantly drier and more grainy than the smooth and creamy nut butter crafted in modern factories. Peanut Butter Day is generally celebrated on the 28th of January every year and is a day where you can indulge in all of the creamy goodness without any guilt.
- Satay: A popular Asian sauce that is the perfect indulgence on Peanut Butter Day. This sauce is typically made by blending peanut butter, water, chillis and spices together. There are multiple uses for this sauce. You could either use it to dip your favourite vegetables or spring rolls. However, the most common use for this sauce is as a marinade for several different types of meat. Cook up some chicken satay skewers and serve a bowl of satay sauce on the side to bring out the taste even more.
- Peanut butter cheesecake: This nut butter is the perfect accompaniment for sweet dishes. To craft the perfect cheesecake, blend biscuits with butter and roasted peanuts and use them as a base in your springform tin. Next comes the good part. Whip up some high-quality cream cheese with generous scoops of peanut butter and some sugar and place the mixture on top of your nutty biscuit base and leave it to set before losing yourself in all the peanut goodness.
- Peanut butter soup: The ultimate meal on Peanut Butter Day should be a comforting bowl of peanut butter soup. Made with sweet potatoes, tomatoes, shredded chicken and creamy peanut butter, it’s bound to hit all of the right notes. Depending on who is cooking the meal for you, you may find that the consistency varies. Thicker soups are generally served with a portion of steamed rice.
Where to celebrate this year
Be sure to order all the treats you need to celebrate Peanut Butter Day. Go to Syifa Satay and order yourself a portion of these delectable kebabs or keep things simple with the peanut butter toast from Toast Box.