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Jun 23, 2009 05:03 PM

Peanut Butter -- how do you eat it (and on what kinds of different foods)?

i've been seeing so much on different threads about people eating peanut butter on top of, alongside, or incorporated into all sorts of things, e.g., pickles, bacon, tomatoes, onions, bologna, sriracha, and the like. with noodles? in casseroles? on fruit? etc. go crazy!

what do you do? what food do you like to eat with peanut butter in it, on it, around it?

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  1. Spoon plunged into (preferably virgin) tub o' Jif. Lick. Repeat. (Yes, sometimes even with the same spoon!...) adam
    P.S. Sometimes I drizzle said spoon with a little honey or chocolate syrup before licking.

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    1. re: adamshoe

      I like to stick chocolate chips into my spoonful. Ugh. It's so bad.

      1. re: Kontxesi

        If you want to make it even more indulgent, sprinkle some crushed pretzel on there too.

          1. re: Kontxesi

            It is. Please enjoy an extra spoonful for me - I had to give up pretzels a long time ago :(

    2. it depends. If I'm counting calories, then a small amount of peanut butter on slices of apple is a good hunger quencher. If I'm not, just hand me a spoon!

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Those are my two favorite ways to consume peanut butter. Thank God the apple season is only a half dozen weeks away.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I resurrected another calorie-counting peanut butter treat: mix one part peanut butter with two parts plain nonfat Greek yogurt. It tastes amazingly good, and it makes a small amount of peanut butter go a farther.

        2. are we talking only sandwiches here ? I use peanut butter in noodle dishes, and I regularly mix it into stir fries. Have made dipping sauces with it too, and have a couple of soup recipes that call for peanut butter.

          I also eat it on apple slices, and used to eat it on sandwiches with fluff, or raisins, or bananas, and on a couple of occasions, with butter.

          As a veg, people often ask me how I live without a big juicy steak....they can have their steak, now if someone took away my peanut butter......we's about to have some problems :D It's one of the world's best ingredients !!!

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          1. re: im_nomad

            I've never stirred it into stir fries before. That's brilliant!

            1. re: northside food

              yeah one of my super quickie non-recipe things.....sesame oil and a little soy, onions, garlic, ginger.....various veg, sriracha, peanut butter and a bit of oyster sauce. have to tweak the amounts. Occasionally some tofu, and sometimes a sprinkling of nuts.

              had my first peanut butter stir fry years ago, recipe is somewhere, 5-spice was in there, and it was v.good.

              I also just nonchalantly flick it into throw together curries. Cashew butter can be better for that though.

              1. re: northside food

                stir fry with peanut butter is similiar to peanut oil or peanuts in the stir fry

                1. re: northside food

                  My peanut sauce: 1 cup of coconut water, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, and a teaspoon of red chili pepper flake ....

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    OH!......YUM....simple and sounds delicious

                    1. re: hawkeyeui93

                      similar ingredients to mine, but different propotions.
                      i also add lime juice and hoisin sauce and chili paste.

                      first i whirl the peeled ginger in the blender with coconut milk.
                      then add the rest of the ingredients to taste

                2. I have a vague memory of eating it on top of vanilla ice cream. My BF's family eats it on B.L.Ts. I've found that a banana, honey, peanut butter sandwich was the best breakfast during finals (and the weeks of studying) for getting me through the day.

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                  1. re: viperlush

                    it's good on vanilla ice cream. i'll bet it'd be great on chocolate fudge or moose tracks ice cream, too.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      I love it on ice cream! Vanilla, chocolate, whatever's in the freezer. I eat it straight from the jar. I spoon it into yogurt. I make peanut butter and banana sandwiches for my daughter _ her favorite.

                  2. PB&J, PB& Banana, PB&J&B (no, not the Scotch! - triple decker with jelly/jam and banana).

                    But, ever since I found President's Choice "Just Peanuts" PB (ground peanuts with a bit of salt - no added oil or sugar), I'm with Adam and Ruth - gimme a spoon!

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                    1. re: KevinB

                      Our favored PB is of that sort, Trader Joe's or Laura Scudder's Organic Crunchy. Back in Tennessee we'd get Deaf Smith organic, and my favorite sneak-a-snack before bedtime was to cut chunks of supermarket mozzarella and spear'em with a fork, then dip down into the peanut butter and eat that. California PB is considerably less fluid, however; if you want gooey you'll need Jif or something, which we do not like.

                      I do love a grilled PB and cheese sandwich, and PB-stuffed celery is a lovely munch. Of course we like the Thai peanut sauce they serve with the skewers whose name is escaping me, but at an international food fair once I got a serving of those alongside a serving of Korean deepfried battered veges, and the sauce with those fritters was amazing. I also always blend in a big spoonful when I'm making mole sauce from a commercial paste, because we like it peanuttier than Doña Maria apparently does!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Elvis has returned to the building! Your sneak-a-snack cracked me up. :)

                        My peanut butter favorites:
                        Sesame noodles in spicy peanut sauce
                        Dumplings in peanut sauce
                        Vietnamese summer rolls with peanut sauce
                        A hot fudge sundae with peanut butter sauce at Friendly's over vanilla ice cream
                        Peanut blossom cookies (with a Hershey's kiss in the center)
                        Peanut butter gelato (I made it from a recipe paraphrased here on Chowhound)
                        Peanut butter pie

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          can you give me the recipe for peanut butter pie? I used to work with a lady that made a wonderful pb pie.

                          1. re: Buckskin2

                            Jerry, i'm not sure what kind of recipe your friend used, as there are various techniques for PB pie, but here are a few recipes for you to check out in case kattyeyes doesn't get back to you (since she posted that nearly 2 years ago she may not see your request).


                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Well, ghg, I think you've got it covered--thanks! :)
                              Jerry, I've never made my own pb pie--only pb cheesecake. A local BBQ joint used to make pb pie and I just loved it. But if you need a pb cheesecake recipe, hit me back.

                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                always a pleasure :) i was afraid you might not see the request and i didn't want poor Jerry to be left hanging!

                        2. re: Will Owen

                          Wow Will! I had never thought to dip a chunk of cheese in it, but those cheese & PB cracker are a good snack. And making a PB & cheese sandwich sound good too. Wonder how that would taste if you grilled it. What kind of cheese do you use?

                          I agree that PB stuffed celery is a good snack. Some of my other favorites are:

                          Insert spoon, or fork, and eat out of the jar!
                          Put PB on a warm whole wheat waffle that has a bit of butter on it
                          PB & sliced tart apples
                          Mixed into one of those packaged ramen meals they have (Annie Chungs)
                          Tried melting it to top off ice cream - okay but not what I hoped it would be, Next time I will just stir it in.
                          PB & Butter cracker sandwiches made with Ritz crackers
                          They are good with Bugle corn chips. If you have the patience you can pipe them into the bugle cone. I am not so patient so I just dip them into the PB.

                          This thread is giving me even more ideas. Thanks all!

                          1. re: danhole

                            <<Tried melting it to top off ice cream - okay but not what I hoped it would be, Next time I will just stir it in.>>
                            I've favorited a recipe for Friendly's Peanut Butter Sauce. Haven't made it yet, but sounds like what you're after:

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Thanks Katty! I have heard so much about Friendly's peanut butter sauce, but have never seen one in this part of the country. Sounds really good, and very fattening!

                              1. re: danhole

                                "They are good with Bugle corn chips. If you have the patience you can pipe them into the bugle cone. I am not so patient so I just dip them into the PB."

                                I'm going to do this at some point this wknd. What a clever combo! Brilliant.


                                1. re: LeahBaila

                                  For an added touch, after you fill them with the PB, dunk the top in melted chocolate! I saw a recipe for this a long time ago and I haven't used the chocolate yet but it does sound good!