February 1, 2011

Shrimp and Noodles in Peanut Sauce


Not a take-out menu in sight...

I love Asian food, and Boston is not lacking in Asian inspired restaurants.  I have discovered GrubHub.com and, unfortunately, have succumbed to it's simplicity and deliciosity.  Probably a little too much, in fact.  So when I was craving Chinese this week, I decided that instead of dropping $25 bucks on General Gao's, fried rice, and egg rolls, I'd do it myself.  Introducing...Chinese Peanut-y Noodles with Shrimp.  One part Pad-Thai, one part PB&J but in the best way possible... non-peanut eaters, beware.



For the sauce: 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and 1 good sized clove of garlic, minced, are mixed together with 2 cups of boiling water.  Once the peanut butter is softened and the mixture is smooth, add 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, 3-4 tablespoons of soy sauce, depending on the salt content of the peanut butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger.  Whisk together until smooth. 


For the Pasta and Shrimp: I used linguine for the pasta because it's what I had on hand, but to make it more Chinese-y Angel Hair pasta would be yummy.  I cooked 1/2 pound of linguine for 5 minutes, then added cooked, peeled shrimp to the boiling water to heat through.  Once the linguine was cooked al dente, I tossed it in the sauce.  I probably should have cooked the entire pound of linguine, because it was very saucy.  Ah well, live and learn.  Garnish with black pepper and red pepper flakes for heat.  

This dish was delicious and I will definitely do it again.  If you eat peanuts, and enjoy Chinese-inspired cuisine, definitely give it a whirl.

Anyone out there tried any recipes yet?  I'd love to hear how they're coming and if I need to tweak my direction-giving-skills.  (I probably need to tweak my direction-giving-skills).

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