Peanut Butter in Unexpected Places

By Greta Paget

Peanut butter is one of those truly delightful foods which has its place in every culinary situation. Whilst we are all most familiar with this condiment as a pairing to sweet spreads (honey, jam, Nutella, straight from the jar in the middle of the night etc), this post will focus on the utilisation of peanut butter in the world of the savoury.

To justify my love of peanut butter in the context of The Producers and our sustainability angle, I will first note that peanut butter is an excellent protein source for those of us who follow a plant-based diet. The peanut plant (which is in fact a legume) typically prefers warmer climates, such as Queensland and northern NSW, so would be a little tricky to grow in your Sydney garden. However, peanuts can be bought in bulk and made into peanut butter at home, to eradicate waste from shop-bought peanut butter packaging. If you don’t have the means to make peanut butter from scratch at home, you can always choose to buy peanut butter packaged in glass jars, then reuse the jars for seedlings, pot plants, storage and the like.

Also, I felt it was high time I wrote a love letter to peanut butter as a food group, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

So, without further ado, here are a few unexpected yet delicious peanut butter-based snacks. Bear in mind these recipes are intended to be carried out with sugar-free peanut butter.

Peanut Butter and Avocado

This is a perfectly creamy combination on a cracker or a piece of toast.

Simply slice or smash the desired quantity of avocado onto your chosen carbohydrate (cracker or toast), then dollop on some peanut butter, crack on some salt, give it a spread and it’s ready to eat! This is great as a pre-exercise snack or as a component to a fancy homemade brunch.

Peanut Butter and Carrot Sticks

A twist on the classic peanut butter and celery combination. Personally, I find celery a little bit stringy and uninspiring, but I love how carrot brings a little bit of sweetness and a bonus crunch to a dollop of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter and Pretzels

This one is a great snack for an at-home movie night. The crispiness of the pretzels perfectly balances the creaminess of the peanut butter – it’s just like a more exciting version of crackers and dip!

Peanut Butter Curry Puffs

I’m sort of cheating here as this one is a snack which involves making a curry. However, I do love a good peanut butter curry recipe and I feel that curry puffs would be a great way to use up any leftovers.

To make the curry puffs, defrost a sheet of puff pastry (or make your own from scratch) then cut the sheet into nine equal squares. Drain any excess liquid off the curry, then add a teaspoon or two of curry to the centre of each pastry square. Fold the filled squares into triangles, brush with an egg wash, then bake at the temperature specified for the puff pastry, until the curry puffs go a nice golden brown.

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