Authentic Thai Peanut Sauce

satay and peanut sauce

While most Western versions of peanut sauce are made with peanut butter, this authentic Thai peanut sauce starts with real peanuts–and you’ll taste the difference! At the same time, it is super easy and quick to make–and is really versatile. This peanut sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, from a dip for veggies to a sauce for chicken or beef satay. Or use it to make a delicious cold noodle salad or as a marinade for grilled chicken or tofu.

Recipe: Satay Thai Peanut Sauce–My Mother-in-Law’s Traditional Recipe

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Caramelized Pork Tacos w/ Pineapple Salsa

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Caramelized Pork Tacos w/ Pineapple Salsa

DSC_9996Oh Tacos. So difficult for me to try to photograph yet so delicious that I can’t help but share.

Tacos are one of my favorite things to make when you’re tight on time. They’re always a crowd pleaser and as you can see with this recipe, the flavor combos are endless. This particular recipe is a new favorite of ours.DSC_9989

 Last week we shared the recipe for the Pineapple Cucumber salsa which is totally a great salsa to make not just for tacos but for chips, a topping for fish, and eating by itself.
As you learned last week, the salsa is incredibly easy to make. These tacos, even though the process involves heat, aren’t that much harder to make. Check it out:
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Top Hat Soufflé

A soufflé is a light baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”—an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups yellow cream style corn
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 TSP. salt
  • 1/8 TSP. garlic salt
  • 1/2 TSP. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Provolone cheese
  • 5 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 5 large egg whites, stiffly beaten

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and blend in flour until smooth.
  • Add corn, milk, salt, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Add both cheeses and stir until melted.
  • Blend egg yolks into sauce.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Gently stir 1/4 of egg whites into cheese sauce.
  • Carefully fold remaining egg whites into sauce until just blended.
  • Pour into ungreased 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Bake at 350° for 45 – 50 minutes.

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Ham and Biscuit Ring – Perfect End to a Holiday Ham

In my paternal grandmother’s notebook she kept for her cook was the following recipe written in her hand.  The notebook no doubt dates from the 20s’ and 30s’ since she died in 1941.

Ham Biscuit Ring

  • Put through the food grinder (you can use a Cuisinart but don’t get the meat too fine) 1 lb cooked ham.
  • Add ham to your favorite rich biscuit recipe, adding an extra teaspoon of baking powder to the mix.
  • Bake in well-greased ring mold until done – in moderate oven (350)
  • Turn out on hot platter and fill the center with hot buttered peas.
  • Surround with peach halves filled with ground nut meats, brown sugar and butter having been glazed on a cookie sheet in the oven (375).

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

I adopted my recipe for pizza crust from the 1956 edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I prefer the “thin crust” this recipe calls for over the thicker crusts many folks love. I use Betty’s recipe for the dough, but I’ll top the pizza with whatever I want.

I’ve made pizzas from this recipe quite a few times now & we had enjoyed them so much, that my wife suggested that we do a “pizza night” each week. I don’t know if we’ll do it every week, as it does take several hours from start to finish. Save this recipe for another day if you want to be eating pizza in half an hour.

But if you do have the time, it’s well worth the effort. And if you’ve got kids, I know they’ll like helping build their own “pie”. The beauty of this recipe is you can top it any way you like it!!

DOUGH PREPARATION:

Dissolve 1/2 TSP. active dry yeast in 3/4 cup plus 2 TBSP. warm water (110° – 115°)

Blend in 3 – 3 1/4 cups sifted flour to make a stiff dough.

Knead on a lightly floured surface. Place in greased bowl. Turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (about 85°) until doubled in size (about 2 hrs.)

Divide into two parts. Roll each part until it’s about 12″ in diameter (1/8″ thick). You can roll the edge of the crust to make a stand up ridge if you like. (There’s no reason you couldn’t divide the dough again and make four individual pizzas.)

So it doesn’t stick, sprinkle a little corn meal on your pizza pan, pizza stone or baking sheet before you put the crust on it. (Don’t have a round pan? Roll the pizza dough into two 14″ x 10″ rectangles instead.) Now comes the fun part….

ADDING THE TOPPINGS:

Here’s where you get to be creative! You can add what ever toppings you like! There’s virtually no limit to the different combinations you can come up with.

Start off by adding a favorite sauce. You can use regular tomato sauce and add some Italian herbs or purchase a pre-made pizza sauce. Sometimes, I like using BBQ sauce in place of the tomato sauce. Ranch dressing is also an option or experiment with some different kinds of sauces. Sometimes I’ll use a very light coating of olive oil on the crust instead of a sauce.*

* When applying the sauce or oil, keep it about 1 inch away from the edge of crust so it doesn’t burn. Also, try to completely cover the sauce with your toppings. This helps keep the sauce from burning near the edge of the pizza.

Here's Pizza#1 after it finished baking. Pizza #2 didn't come out quite as round!
See below for what the pizzas were topped with.

Now it’s time to add your favorite toppings. Just to give you an idea of what kind of combos are possible, here’s what I loaded on my two pizzas last night:

PIZZA #1:

I brushed the crust with a very light layer of olive oil. Then I added chopped turkey breast, chopped mushrooms, chopped broccoli, Monterey Jack cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese,  oregano, basil & rosemary. Topped it off with chopped green onions when it came out of the oven.

PIZZA #2:

I brushed the crust with a nice thick layer of my favorite BBQ sauce. Then I added cooked hamburger meat, chopped onions, chopped garlic, sliced olives, extra sharp cheddar cheese & oregano.

BAKING:

Bake at 425° for about 18 -20 minutes or so. Watch closely, as edge of crust will burn quickly. Pizzas cooked on a “stone” tend to be done a little sooner. Edge of crust will be crunchy.

Bake only one pizza at a time. I usually prepare the second pizza while the first one is in the oven. Makes about 6 -8 servings. Hope you enjoy!

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Christmas Salad

This hand-written recipe from my Mom was dated Xmas 1952. I remember that my Aunt loved this Christmas Salad recipe & she always served it at her Christmas dinners. On the lower corner of the index card, my Mom scribbled the word “delish!” Hope you enjoy.

Merry Christmas to all from Mountain Republic!

Christmas Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box Lime Jello
  • 1 box Cherry Jello
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 jar Bing salad cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (if desired)
  • whipped cream or Cool Whip etc.
  • red or green Maraschino cherries

PREPARATION:

  • Prepare Lime Jello according to directions on package, except use the pineapple juice in place of part of the water.
  • Add the pineapple (& nuts if desired) to the Lime Jello.
  • Prepare Cherry Jello according to directions on package, except use the Bing cherry juice in place of part of the water.
  • Add the pitted Bing cherries to the Cherry Jello.
  • Mold in separate layers. Chill.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with green or red Maraschino cherry.

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SamHenry’s Saturday Night Specials – No Pun or Gun Intended

Grandmothers did a lot with cheeses.  Economical and readily available and in an  infinite variety, they had to be a key ingredient.  On Saturday or Sunday night for supper, they wouldn’t get out the fondue pot and long forks and set up the lazy Susan. If they did, they would probably use Tyler Florence’s recipe found here. More than likely they would serve something like Mountain Republic’s good old mac and cheese found right here OR they would have a little Welsh Rarebit.

Welsh Rarebit you say?  It is melted sharp cheddar and beer and a thickening agent, etc. over toast.  Mmmmmm.  Why it is called Welsh Rarebit is the stuff that fills whole lexicons.  Have fun Googling your idea of an answer.  There are many.

Served with a side of warm fruit compote (easily made) or fresh fruit on lettuce with a poppy seed dressing (or tossed greens with a light olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt/pepper dressing) and you’re back in front of the TV with dinner, a beer and dessert and you only had to carry the plate in one hand, the beer in another.

Best to cook the compote ahead because, although simple to make, it takes 3 hours in the oven at low temperature to “candy” or sweeten  the fruit.  All fruit sweetens when cooked.  Here’s all you do:

Fruit Compote:

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.  In a baking or casserole dish, combine the following well-drained canned fruits:

1 can of cubed pineapple

1 can of peaches (cut to size of the pineapple cubes)

1 can of pears (cut to size of pineapple cubes)

Canned cherries if desired

Stir the mixture.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and unsalted butter pieces (or Olivio).

Cook for 2 hours. Then set temperature at 350 degrees and cook for another hour.  Delicious!  Worth the wait.  Probably VERY bad for you.

Now for the Welsh Rarebit:

I have attempted to lower the calories in this and to keep the ingredients simple.  There are many variations on this recipe so “Google” a few.

In a medium saucepan over low to medium  heat, make a roux of roughly 2 Tbs each unsalted butter (or Olivio) and flour ( all purpose or use Wondra – it’s easier).  A “roux” is the French culinary term for 1/2 flour and 1/2 fat cooked until smooth with a slight bubble.  It is the basis for most sauces.  How easy it that, eh?

Stir in a scant teaspoon Dijon or dry mustard and tsp Worcestershire sauce and the remaining ingredients:

dash of salt and pepper (freshly ground always).

1/2 cup whole milk or 3/4 cup heavy cream. (add more milk if mixture thickens too much)

1 and 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese.

1/2 cup of your favorite beer

I always crush a clove of garlic and put a little of the juice in.

Stir the above until melted and smooth.  Pour over your favorite toast (rye, whole wheat, etc.)

Now wasn’t that easy?