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Alton Brown’s Wok Fried Peanut Butter Has Changed My Life

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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.

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Yeah. Something like that.

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.

Tools:

  • Wok or Frying Pan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Cookie Sheet lined with paper towels
  • Food Processor

Ingredients:

  • 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)

 Process:

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!

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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.

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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.

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