5 Unique ways to cook with Peanut Butter

5 Unique ways to cook with Peanut Butter

Most people have mastered how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, spread peanut butter across a cracker, or slather it on an apple. For most, peanut butter has mainly been used as a topping or a spread to compliment a food. So why is peanut butter rarely a featured ingredient or the highlight of a dish?

Learning how to cook or bake with peanut butter is easy because it can literally be added to any kind of dish. From sweet to savory, it will compliment just about any recipe and highlight a whole new flavor to any dish. The added cinnamon in Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter adds a new flavor profile that can bring depth to a banana bread, round out a BBQ sauce, or sweeten a dressing. Cooking becomes fun when you learn new ways to use a food. A common staple in the house, peanut butter will give your cooking a whole new twist! Try these 5 ideas the next time you are searching for something unique, and use your peanut butter for a new cooking technique.

#1 Marinate those Meats—From BBQ, Honey Mustard, Satay, or Teriyaki, add a spoon of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter to your sauce or marinade for a roasted butter flavor.

#2 Baked Goodness—A dollop of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter in a bread or muffin recipe, or a crumb topping, adds some sweetness with spice and makes everything nice!

#3 Dressed for Success—Give a vinaigrette dressing a twist with a stir of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter in a balsamic, honey mustard, or ginger dressing.

#4 Breakfast Butter—Forgo the butter and spoon Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter on oatmeal, smear on pancakes or waffles, top on French toast, or blend in a smoothie for a great morning meal.

#5 Spoonful of LOVE—For those of you who hate to cook, all you need is a spoon and a jar—no other ingredients needed! We get caught with our spoon in the jar on a regular basis, so no judgment here.

Smokin’ Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Smokin’ Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Fire up the grill and give your burger or chicken a zippy twist with this smokin’ peanut butter BBQ sauce! The secret ingredient in this sauce is sweet and flavorful Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter. It offsets the spicy flavors in this sauce to give the perfect combination of sweet, heat and smokin’ flavor.

Recipe Ingredients:

1T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

½ Tbsp grapeseed oil

½ onion, finely chopped

1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger

1 small cloves garlic, minced

1 cup ketchup

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp molasses

1 ½ Tbsp pure ancho chile powder

½ tsp chipotle seasoning

2 tsp liquid smoke

¼ cup water

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Step By Step Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Heat oil in a medium-size saucepan.

Step 2: Add onion and ginger.

Step 3: Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 4: Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add remaining ingredients through water.

Step 5: Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 30 minutes.

Step 6: Transfer sauce to blender.

Step 7: Add Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter and purée until smooth.

Step 8: Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Store in refrigerator up to 2 months.

Step 9: Enjoy your peanut butter chipotle BBQ sauce!

Heat up your next cookout with our Smokin’ Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce recipe. Your guests will be dying to know the “secret sauce” that makes your barbecue the best every time!

Creatively Cooking Healthy

Creatively Cooking Healthy

Being a wiz in the kitchen and cooking healthy doesn’t take a trip to culinary school. Learning how to be resourceful, creative and clever is the name of the game when it comes to eating right. Here are some of our favorite quick tips and tricks to make cooking fresh, fun and healthy!

Betsy’s Best Tips for Creatively Cooking Healthy

SOAK BITTER GREENS Give those bitter greens a bath! Soak your greens in a bath of ice water in the fridge for 1 hour to make them come to life and take the “bitter” out of the bite.

NUT-TING HEALTHY Replace breadcrumbs in any dish with ground nuts for a healthy crunch in each bite. Or top soup with a dollop of cashew cream to get the richness and texture of a cream soup without all that cholesterol and saturated fat. For more healthy and tasty nut recipes check out Betsy’s Best Eat at Home Recipes!.

JAMMIN’ IN A JAR Have you ever heard of a Jamminagrette? Don’t let that last spoon of jam go to waste! Add equal parts oil and vinegar to a jar and give it a shake. Your salad will thank you.

BOUQUET OF HEALTH Store fresh cut herbs just like you would a bouquet of flowers. A jar with water on the countertop will keep them hydrated. Just snip to get cooking!

FREEZER FRESH Freezing fresh ginger keeps it fresh for months. You can also grate ginger while frozen to garnish smoothies or soups.

OOOO-ONIONS While sautéing onions, throw in a pinch of baking soda. It cuts the cooking time in half and speeds up the browning process.

MASSAGE & MASH Mash a banana to make a quick puree for any dish. For a fresh, easy to digest, tender kale salad, massage fresh kale with a sprinkle of sea salt for 2 minutes to gently wilt the leaves.

CUBE TO-DO Get creative with ice cube trays! Add a few frozen blueberries or lemon slivers to cubes before you freeze to make a refreshing treat. Puree fresh fruit or veggies and pour them into cubes for a quick flick into a smoothie. Add broth to the ice cube trays and store for broth base, or use in place of oil when sautéing. You can also freeze cubes of coffee to give breakfast smoothies a kick.

Start using these creative tips in your kitchen and you will soon see that cooking healthy is a snap!