THAI SAUCE

This versatile recipe serves as the base on our Thai Chicken pizzas, topped with chicken, sweet peppers, green onions and cilantro.  Those same ingredients can be mixed with a bit of the sauce and added to a salad or shredded cabbage. Toss in a little chopped cucumber and top with dry roasted peanuts.  Or mix it all with cold cooked noodles.  We’ve even made the pizza vegetarian by substituting grilled tofu and nobody noticed the difference.  It’s really easy to make but does have a long list of ingredients, most of which can likely be found in the Asian section of your favorite grocery store.  If you buy the ingredients at an oriental grocery the flavor is a little more intense and might be a bit spicier. We always use fresh ground peanut butter from the local co-op (no added salt or any other hard to pronounce additives, just the peanuts) but you can use any peanut butter.  It will keep in the fridge for weeks so don’t be afraid to make a big batch.  We always make a batch big enough to use a whole can of coconut milk but you can freeze any extra milk.  If you want to use a whole 400 gram can just multiply all the ingredient amounts by 3.6.

Once again, this recipe is given in weights as well as measures.  You don’t have a scale yet?  Seriously, go buy one!  They’re only about $20 from amazon.com or Walmart.  You don’t have to buy a fancy one.  Once you start using one you’ll be converting all your favorite recipes to weights.

– Joan, 12 July 2015

INGREDIENTS

2 Tablespoons (28 grams) peanut oil
2 Tablespoons (35 grams) red curry paste
½ cup + 1 Tablespoon (110 grams) coconut milk
3½ Tablespoons (60 grams) fish sauce
4 teaspoons (20 grams) lime juice
¼ cup (45 grams ) brown sugar
2 Tablespoons (30 grams) sweet chili sauce
¼ cup (62 grams) peanut butter
1 Tablespoon (14 grams) sesame oil

DIRECTIONS

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse till blended, or place in a bowl and blend with an immersion blender.  Store in refrigerator. If using for pizza just spread some (the flavor is intense so a little goes a long way) on the crust and top with cubed, cooked chicken, chopped sweet pepper, green onion, and cilantro.  No cheese! Sprinkle with some chopped cucumber and peanuts before serving.

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