Peanut butter. I have an obsession with it. An addiction. It’s a staple that I just can’t live without. The problem is that the stuff you buy in the stores isn’t always the best option; but it’s delicious, and I shovel it into my maw like Winnie the Pooh going to town on a jar of hunny.
So when I came across Alton Brown’s wok fried peanut butter recipe, I was very excited. I modified it slightly to suit my personal tastes. Instead of using regular honey I used cream spun honey from a local source. I also used a lot less of it as a little cream spun honey goes a long way. The end result was earth shattering. The flavor is much bolder and richer. So much so, as I don’t think I’ll ever buy peanut butter again. Also it’s important to note that I know there is no funny stuff in the final product, the entire process took me under 20 minutes, and is under 185 calories for a 2 tbsp. serving.
- Wok or Frying Pan
- Wooden Spoon
- Cookie Sheet lined with paper towels
- Food Processor
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 pound peanuts, raw, shelled, skinned
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon of cream spun honey (Optional. Or the regular stuff, I suppose, you bloody savage; more if you like it sweeter)
Heat the oil in a wok or large panover medium high heat until shimmering. Add the peanuts and stir-fry for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the peanuts are golden brown, 7-10 minutes. Stir them regularly to keep them from burning!
Remove the peanuts to a paper towel lined half sheet pan and immediately season with salt.
Cool the peanuts completely (20 minutes), then transfer a third of the peanuts (one cup) to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped (20 pulses). Remove the chopped peanuts from the food processor and set aside.
Add the remaining peanuts to the food processor and add the salt. Process the peanuts for 5 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
Continue pureeing until the peanut butter is completely smooth. Add the chopped peanuts and pulse 3 to 4 times until well incorporated.
Fold in your honey to sweeten.
Eat it like Winnie the Pooh going to town on a jar of hunny.