Raise your hand if you have ever "accidentally" gotten sucked into a stupid purchase at Costco? Yep, that's me - and last Friday Costco had it's way with me: I bought two gi-normous containers of Kraft Peanut Butter (yah, I know it's not the healthiest choice, but it tastes good so back off). They were only $3.87 each for the 2kg containers!!! I know, right!? I got so excited that I forgot my one cardinal rule when buying large quants of food: always check the friggin expiry date!!! So I know that technically I can return one of the containers, but instead I am challenging myself to use up one whole container within the next few weeks! The other one might have to make a trip to the local Loaves & Fishes...
Anyways, here's my first recipe of the week (I'll be highlighting PB recipes over the next week): Thai Shrimp Skewers with Peanut Sauce!! I did a lot of googling and found a ton of recipes for peanut sauce, and based on what was in the pantry, here's what I came up with:
Thai Shrimp Skewers with Peanut Sauce
Peanut Sauce Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup light coconut milk
2 tbsp red curry paste
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 - 3/4 cup water to smooth out the sauce
Thai Shrimp Ingredients:
1 lb large uncooked shrimp, peeled
1/4 cup light coconut milk (try to capture the creamy stuff on the top of the can - use the rest for the peanut sauce)
1/2 tsp red curry paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup basil leaves
juice of one lime
First get your shrimp marinating: in your food processer, combine all of the ingredients (except for the shrimp!!) and pulse for a bit. Pour over shrimp in a glass bowl and set aside for about 30 minutes.
While the shrimp is marinating, get your peanut sauce on the go. Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly; add water while stirring to get to a consistency that you want!
Thread the shrimp onto bamboo skewers and grill on your indoor grill if you don't feel like going outside (it was only +4 on Saturday so I opted for the indoor grill!) Grill for about 5-7 minutes. Done! Serve with the sauce on the side and you have a super awesome appetizer! The peanut sauce will keep for a couple weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.