Real Peanut Sauce
Unlike a lot of recipes for peanut sauce, this one is made with real peanuts.
1 cup fresh-tasting dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fish sauce (vegetarians substitute 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce)
1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste or 1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce or 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup coconut
Place peanuts in a food processor or blender.
Pulse until nuts are ground to preferred consistency: coarsely ground if you prefer a chunkier sauce, or more finely ground for a smoother sauce.
Add all the other ingredients to the food processor or blender and blitz to create a delicious peanut sauce.
If you prefer a runnier sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
Taste test the sauce, adding more fish sauce if you prefer it saltier, more sugar if you prefer it sweeter, or a squeeze of lime juice if it's too sweet or salty.
Serve at room temperature or lightly warmed, as desired.
This sauce is excellent served with satay or fresh spring rolls, or tossed with noodles and vegetables for a cold noodle salad.
When shopping for peanuts for this recipe, look for crunchy, fresh-tasting dry roasted nuts. Bulk peanuts are usually fine, so long as they are crisp on the outside (not soft).
This sauce tends to thicken as it sits. Just add a little more water or coconut milk to bring it back to your preferred consistency.